Media Release IFJ -- 3 March 2004
5 березня, 2004 р.
> Challenge of Reporting Diversity Sparks Dialogue Between Journalists and
> Ethnic Groups To Improve Media Quality
> With European enlargement imminent and concern over the consequent changes
> in society, the role of mass media in covering the affairs of ethnic
> minorities, immigrants and asylum seekers is ever-more important, say the
> organizers of the press-launch of the new European Day of Media Monitoring
> report on media performance.
> The report will be presented during a press launch in Brussels at the
> International Press Centre RИsidence Palace, Rue de la Loi 155, on 15
> from 14:00 to 16:00, to highlight the standard of reporting ethnic
> minorities and immigrants by newspapers and television news. This first
> European-wide benchmark report is based on a one-day monitoring of the
> output of 13 November 2003, taken up by the National Focal Points of the
> European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) in all 15 EU
> Member States.
> "This report and the context in which it is released is a challenge to all
> journalists and media covering Europe" said Aidan White, General Secretary
> of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), who will introduce a
> set of recommendations for journalists on reporting on the multicultural
> society and minority groups. "This is not a debate about controlling
> journalists or punishing media, it is about setting standards that will
> sure journalists are telling the full story and making sure that everyone
> who counts is in the picture".
> At the launch Online/More Colour in the Media (OL/MCM) will present plans
> for a European Week of Action, to take place in the following week (15-21
> March), with national activities and events promoting the dialogue between
> journalists and minority audiences in twelve countries.
> OL/MCM, the IFJ, the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) and the EUMC,
> the main partners of the project, are using this occasion to highlight the
> importance of involving minority organizations, journalists, editors and
> broadcasters in a plan of action to improve quality in reporting on
> diversity in the present multicultural societies. Each of the parties will
> express a common commitment to future activities in response to the
> "The dialogue and commitment to work together is a vital component in
> building a credible and lasting strategy for journalism that deals with
> diversity issues in a factual, sensitive, inclusive and professional way"
> said White.
> The European Day of Media Monitoring is an initiative of OL/MCM and is
> financially supported by the European Commission.
> For more information, see: www.olmcm.org/edmm/index.htm
> The European Day of Media Monitoring, Media and minorities - from
> to active participation
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> Monitoring, please contact:
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