“Populism and the Web: Communicative Practices of Parties and Movements across Europe” a new book by Mojca Pajnik & Birgit Sauer, MEET project partners. Analysing right-wing populist actors across Europe, their discourses and practices of online communication, it shows how social media is used to spread ideas and mobilize supporters, whilst also excluding constructed “others” such as migrants, Muslims, women or LGBT persons.
The educational organization Helliwood has been implementing a model project for “strengthening the network’s commitment to hatred in the network”, sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.
The second Media Meets Literacy conference at Sarajevo (MMLS), organized by the Evens Foundation and its partners – European Commission, Mediacentar Sarajevo and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, explored the crucial question of media literacy at a time when information literacy and critical thinking toward the media are more crucial than ever.
Over the last years, due to globalisation and migration processes, neoliberal transformations of welfare states and shrinking labour markets populist parties and movements have emerged in a number of European countries. This context has provoked new forms of racism and discrimination, also through new media and social platforms. The European Project e-EAV (e-Engagement Against Violence), supported by the DAPHNE-programme 2012-2014, aimed at contrasting new right-wing populism and discrimination transmitted through digital media by promoting young people’s awareness of violent media contents and empowering them through civic engagement and media/digital literacy.
Who are your intellectual grandparents? Who has influenced your work in media literacy? They are the people you have encountered, whose ideas resonate deeply with your own experiences, dreams and ideas. Their work speaks to issues that capture interest and engage imagination.
Last July the Summer School promoted by Med (Italian Association for Media Education and Communication) in Lucca (Italy) focused on the relationship between school and territory from a Media Education perspective. The several lectures and workshops planned for this 26th edition of the Summer School offered theoretical and practical insights on how a Service Learning approach can inform the development of Media Education projects in and with the local communities surrounding the schools.
On the 8th of November, in the Markten (Brussels, Belgium)
A day of reflection to highlight the issue of interculturality in media education.
To face discourses of othering and intolerance spread by some media, we wish through the MEET project to develop a critical and citizen understanding of media representations. Above all, we want to encourage citizens to produce counter-discourse in order to strengthen intercultural understanding and combat discrimination.
The #MyStory: Media, Migrants & Refugees project, co-funded by the European Commission’s Europe for Citizens Programme is an initiative to raise awareness, promote discussion, training and assist migrants and refugees and the organisations working with them, to contribute to the media narratives of displaced peoples in a positive way.
Dr Iztok Sori from the Peace Institute held a lecture and workshop on hate speech and other discriminatory practices in Slovenian media.
In several countries of the MEET partners, media education activities took place on the World Refugee Day on June 20th. We present examples from two countries: Slovenia and Germany. In Slovenia numerous activities have been organized on the World Refugee Day, from festivals to round tables. In Germany the Federal Association of Citizens Media (BVBAM) initiated a special day with the UN Refugee Aid, which mainly reported on the lives and situation of refugees in the cities and municipalities.
Media literacy – our capacity to access, have a critical understanding of and interact with the media has never been as important as it is today. So what is the EU doing to encourage improved media literacy? This study examines measures being taken across the European Union to foster our critical appreciation and understanding of the mass media.