The EJN’s impact 2017-18
We reached 156 media ombudsmen and regulators to discuss issues of self-regulation in countries across Europe from Africa, the Middle East, China, Turkey and across Europe including actions at a dedicated meeting for Lebanese media organized by the Maharat Foundation and at the Organisation of news Ombudsmen annual conference in Chennai, India.
In tune with the changing times we have engaged with 68 leaders of social media companies and online platforms, including speaking on same panels as and asking questions of Facebook, Google and Twitter representatives on the issue of hate speech at events in Europe and the Middle East.
EJN Middle East Programme 2017-2018
A key part of our work is confronting hate-speech and in December 2017 the EJN held the fourth regional meeting of Arab media leaders to finalise a programme of practical work for the Arab Media Hub Against Hate Speech. The EJN also took part in activities in Doha in cooperation with the Al Jazeera, including participating in two major international conferences on journalism and human rights, as well as conducting training on hate speech, migration, human rights and humanitarian reporting for senior Al Jazeera journalists.
With Al Jazeera the EJN joined the International Press Institute, and the African Media Initiative for a symposium on human rights and journalism in Khartoum for journalists and civil society. The opportunity also allowed the EJN to enter dialogue with the Sudanese government on its poor press freedom record and call for Sudanese media to be given the freedom to organise itself without state interference.
During 2017 the EJN continued to be at the forefront of debates to follow up our migration and media report Moving Stories. We contributed to the International Organisation of Migration book Fatal Journeys, which aims to track down the identity of the thousands of victims of the migration crisis. We also carried out a programme to produce media guidelines for reporting Trafficking in Human Beings and a 17-country study for journalists and policymakers How does media on both side of the Mediterranean Cover Migration, both in co-operation with the International Centre for Migration Policy Development.
In April 2018 the EJN published a new edition of Ethics in the News entitled Ethical Journalism: The Key to Media Futures, which looks at how the communications revolution is continuing to pose more questions than answers over a public crisis of confidence, both in democracy and in sources of public information.
EJN Middle East Programme 2016
Hate speech is growing in Arabic language media, according to the participants at a seminar “Turning the Page of Hate in the Arab World” organised by the Ethical Journalism Network, The American University in Cairo (AUC) and Egypt Media Development Programme (EMPD) in Cairo in December 2016. Hosted by the AUC’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, the seminar – the third in a series that have taken place in the last three years – resolved to find new ways to challenge hate speech across all platforms in Arab media.
The EJN followed up its work in Palestine in August 2016 with a meeting in August in Ramallah with Palestinian journalists and also journalists from the Arab-Israeli community. The EJN Director visited Amman in April to speak at a major regional event on ethics and media standards organised by the Jordan Media Institute.