6th February 2017
By Tom Law

Migration, Media and Hate Speech

The EJN participated in a training organised by the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and the Croatian Journalists’ Association as part of the Media Against Hate project in Zagreb, Croatia on 26-27 May 2017.

The event aims to promote fair media reporting, exchange best practices between journalists, reflect on extreme narratives and hate speech around migration.

Around 25 journalists from across Europe who are committed and interested in improving the media coverage of migration and finding new forms of journalism to tell stories attended the training.

The EJN will contribute to the event by:

Workshop Reporting Refugees, Migrants, Ethnicity Zagreb,

Croatia 26-27 May 2017

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) has launched together with 6 partners from across Europe an 18-month project “Media Against Hate” funded by the European Commission (DG Justice). It aims to counter hate speech and discrimination in the media, both on and offline, by promoting ethical standards, while maintaining respect for freedom of expression. In the framework of this project, the EFJ will organise together with the Croatian Journalists’ Association (CJA) a workshop in Zagreb, Croatia, on 26-27 May 2017.

It will be focused on reporting topics concerning refugees, migrants and ethnicity. Due to limited spaces available, we can only accept 25 participants for this workshop. Please register as soon as possible to express your interest and we will try to accommodate your need.

The working language for the workshop will be English.


The registration is open to journalists covering topics relevant to the workshop, from EU countries + Iceland and Lichtenstein. Please keep in mind that we aim to promote gender balance and youth representation both for participants and speakers.


Please submit the registration form via this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/V2CPJLZ before Monday, 3 April. Please do not make any travel arrangement until you have received confirmation from the CJA regarding your participation.


26-27 May 2017, Zagreb


FRIDAY, 26 MAY 2017

Setting the Scene and giving facts to faces

  • Saša Leković, President, CJA
  • Maeve Patterson, communication at UNHCR
  • Ann Singleton, Senior research fellow, University of Bristol

Ethical reporting: Showcasing best practices and guidelines

  • Isabel Schayani, WDR journalist on WDRforyou”
  • Aidan White, Ethical Journalism Network on 5 point test for hate speech
  • Yannis Kotsifos, ESIEMTH director on Charter of Idomeni Plenary Discussion

Regional outlook: Challenges for “hate speech in Croatia”

  • Dražen Hoffman, GONG – Presenting a report monitoring instances of hate speech in Croatian media in 2015., along with the website where citizens can report instances of Hate Speech (funded through EEA Grants)

Presenting of Staze, the first and only paper in Croatian written by refugees, for refugees; available in Arabic, Farsi, English and Croatian

  • Kristina Samardžić, Editor in Chief
  • Asylum-seeking journalists (to be determined)


Reporting back from working groups and proposals for the online training module for journalists.

Hate Speech Test for Journalists

The Ethical Journalism Network’s hate speech test for journalists is available in over 20 languages including Croatian:

EJN test for hate speech infographic Croatian

Migration Reporting Guidelines

The EJN has also developed guidelines for journalists on how to cover migration:

EJN Migration Reporting Guidelines in English