The European Union has funded a new project, MAGIC (Muslim women and communities Against Gender Islamophobia in soCiety) which will train journalists across Europe on “Inclusiveness and Preventing Gender Islamophobia.”
The new project claims that “this is the time when news media need to focus on inclusive journalism that eases public anxiety, calls out political intolerance, and pushes back against bias and prejudice in public life. And nowhere is that more needed than in confronting the threat of anti-Muslim bias”.
Below is the propaganda guide released by MAGIC that has been funded with European citizens’ tax dollars.
Read the following Guide in English
Guidelines to Train Media Circles on Inclusiveness and Preventing Gender Islamophobia
“Journalists and news media have a vital role in exposing the realities of social injustice, racism, and Islamophobia and are well placed to make a difference.
This is especially timely in the current context of rising Islamophobia which has been often reinforced since the 9/11 attacks by media bias and a focus on so-called “Muslim terrorism.” This is the time when news media need to focus on inclusive journalism that eases public anxiety, calls out political intolerance, and pushes back against bias and prejudice in public life. And nowhere is that more needed than in confronting the threat of anti-Muslim bias.
Throughout this report, there are tips and advice to journalists and news media on approaching this problem, mainly as it affects Muslim women.
This publication has been produced as part of the WP3 of the MAGIC project, led by Media Diversity Institute Global (MDIG) and coordinated by Aidan White, a former journalist for the Financial Times and The Guardian newspaper; honorary chairman of the Ethical Journalism Network, and with the contributions of Mariam El Marakeshy, an award-winning filmmaker, multimedia reporter, educator and consultant, and Shada Islam, a journalist and well-known Brussels-based independent commentator on European Union affairs who writes for the EUObserver.”
🆕 MAGIC – Muslim women and communities Against Gender Islamophobia in soCiety – is an #EU co-funded project that wants to prevent and curb gendered #Islamophobia in #Spain and #Belgium and to build a coalition able to work on that issue at a #European scale.— IEMed (@IEMed_) June 9, 2021
More info coming 🔜 pic.twitter.com/enBU8p5idv
Telling the story of Muslims and Muslim women in Europe
“We believe that the guidelines contained in the report can help journalists and media management tell the story of Muslims and Muslim women in Europe more effectively. Aidan White explains the goals and content of MAGIC’s latest release in the following video:
“The report’s guidelines address the need for more socially diverse and inclusive newsrooms and provide journalists and editors with a set of tools on key ethical values, sourcing, avoidance of stereotypes, awareness of “double standards,” and the fight against “hate speech”…
Workshops at universities
The MAGIC project kicked off training workshops for communication students on how to account for diversity. Two workshops were organized at the University of Saint-Louis and at the Vrije University in Brussels, in which 45 students participated.
MAGIC consortium representatives Roxane Biedermann and Layla Azzouzi introduced the project and highlighted the important role played by civil society organizations in changing media narratives. Shada Islam, editor of EUObserver magazine and contributor to “Report Diversity!”, provided past examples, practical advice, and recommendations.
Connect with us
The project is gaining momentum and will soon start providing the results of print media monitoring, but not only. It will also provide helpful information and resources and launch a call for participation shortly.