Blog: Minority Voices Day 1

After a short introduction of the organisers, this beautiful and sunny first day in Budapest continued with a couple of ‘getting-to-know-each-other’ games and exercises. Our team-dynamic facilitator Solange and Ruxandra from the European Youth Centre in Budapest introduced the participants to the classical “Web Game”, some speed dating and “All Those Two”. After a much needed coffee break it was time to deal with fears and expectations and a run through of the programme, lead by Kate.

wordpress1 Fears and expectations – a nice way to learn what the participants are expecting and how we can meet those expectations.

Just before lunch we kicked off the media workshops with editorial meetings to discuss what topics to cover, what media to use and how to approach the given tasks.

wordpress2 Rope Game: Agree or disagree. Discussing our opinions with other might lead to us having a change of heart.

Blog: Minority Voices

Our study session in Budapest, World perspectives: Minority Voices is about to start! The team is currently working out the kinks in the programme and will be ready to meet the participants who have been arriving in Budapest during the day.


Tonight there will be a dinner and welcome party before starting off the intense schedule on Monday morning.

Follow the development on #minorityvoices

Report: Euro-Med Media Meeting in Barcelona March 1-2 2013

Menac participated in a Euro-Med meeting named “Media facing tensions and transitions in the Mediterranean” in Barcelona, Spain from February 28 until March 2.

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The meeting aimed to debate about actions aimed at supporting journalists in facing challenges of the new social and cultural landscape that is emerging in the Mediterrean region. As media and journalists are facing and dealing with the consequences of the transformations and conflicts in the region, the meeting primarily focused on the challenges for media in this new context, especially in relation to freedom of the press and fair and balanced reporting. Emphasis was also put on the role of media in democracies in transition.

Over two days, the meeting was constructed of plenary, debates and working groups, with prominent speakers such as Noami Sakr from Westminster University, Aidan White from the Ethical Journalism Network and Nourredine Fridhi from Al Arabiya.

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Professor Naomi Sakr, professor of media policy, Westminster University

Unfortunately, the debates and conversations often drove off topic and much focus was put on the implications of new media on journalism, rather than the transitional media landscape, and the sessions at time became too long and unfocused. Another aspect worth noting was the uneven ratio men-women as well as youth-older amongst the speakers. Out of 38 speakers, 13 were women, and the youths even fewer. Overall, however, the event was quite interesting and menac made some new contacts that would be exciting to work with in the future.

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Debate on how crisis and transitions are changing the media with Jörg Lau from Die Zeit, Lotfi Hajji from Al Jazeera and Nourredine Fridhi from Al Arabiya at the Euro-Med Media Meeting in Barelona on Media Facing Tensions and Transitions in the Mediterranean.

The meeting was a preparatory event of the Anna Lindh Mediterranean forum 2013, which will gather over 1000 civil society actors and policy makers.

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Blog: Preparatory meeting for Minority Voices in Budapest, Hungary

From the 5 to 8 of February menac was at the European Youth Centre in Budapest for a preparatory meeting for our study session World Perspectives: Minority Voices that is taking place 21-28 April this year.

During the six-day workshop, the participants will get theoretical logic training, study how the international news media portrays issues affecting minorities, migrants and refugees and learn through practice based training. They will get the tools to critically analyse different forms of news media and also to further develop their own skills to more effectively participate in the creation of responsible media.

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During the busy two days we drafted the programme, planned sessions and, most importantly, short-listed the candidates! We are happy to tell you that we have received over 120 applications and our goal is to give a final decision within two weeks, but it was truly a difficult job as the applications were very good!

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Prep team Rebecca and Kate from menac and Neil from Minority Rights Group

The project is a cooperation between menac, Minority Rights Group, Concordia International Group and the Youth Department of the Council of Europe and will bring together 26 young media-makers from around the globe.