As increasing numbers of people are seeking refuge in Europe, the Refugees Reporting project is aimed at strengthening the rights of refugees to speak on their own behalf, to assess their portrayal in the media and uphold good journalistic practices, and to raise the visibility of refugee voices and networks.
Launched on 1 December 2016 by the World Association for Christian Communication – Europe (WACC Europe) and the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), the project has aimed to:
– assess media portrayal and representation of refugees in at eight European countries, including countries of first entry, transit and final country granting asylum;
– engage with media professionals to highlight good practices; and
– develop action plans to promote the rights of refugees to communicate on their own behalf.
WACC Europe and CCME have been engaged in this joint project to provide analysis and new communication tools to support information exchanges and advocacy for balanced media and public debate.
A report of the project – “Changing the Narrative – Media representation of Refugees and Migrants in Europe” – was presented to the public on 16 November 2017 at the Brussels Press Club. Full details are available here.
The full report can be downloaded here: Changing the Narrative – Media Representation of Refugees and Migrants in Europe
An Executive Summary which includes highlights and recommendations is available in the following languages:
- English: Changing the Narrative – Executive Summary
- Español: Cambiando el Discurso: la Representación de los Refugiados y los Migrantes en los Medios de Comunicación Europeos
- Deutsch: Die Erzählung verändern: Mediendarstellung von Flüchtlingen, Migranten und Migrantinnen in Europa
- Français: Changer le Discours: la Représentation Médiatique des Réfugiés et des Migrants en Europe
- Arabic: Executive Summary and Recommendations_AR
The project has been supported by the Otto per Mille fund (OPM) of the Waldensian Church in Italy, established by the Waldensian Church Synod in 1993 exclusively to support welfare, social and cultural projects. Additional financial support is coming from the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland, Germany, and the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe. Further Cooperation partners are the World Council of Churches and the Conference of European Churches.