Monthly Highlights January: racism, ethnic hatred and gender violence

Throughout the month of January, the RDN monitoring team has detected a range of hateful narratives and discourse. This month, we have seen hatred based on ethnicity, race, and gender alongside genocide denial. Racism in Serbia In Serbia, an Instagram account started posting photos of Black people in Serbia, taken in public without their consent …

WOMEN AND NATIONAL MINORITIES STILL THE MOST FREQUENT TARGETS OF HATE SPEECH – Results of media monitoring in the Western Balkans 

Reporting Diversity Conference 15-16 February 2024  Podgorica, Montenegro  Reporting Diversity Network organised a two-day conference on hateful and harmful narratives in the Western Balkans where the Network presented preliminary results of the media monitoring reports, which will be published in March.   The conference brought together over 40 media experts, activists, civil society representatives from …

STRENGHTENING MEDIA CAMPAIGNING AND ADVOCACY SKILLS: Reporting Diversity Advanced Training

Podgorica, Montenegro; 13-16 February 2024  Reporting Diversity Network organised a three-day Reporting Diversity training for CSOs, grassroots activists, and human rights defenders in Podgorica, Montenegro. The training took place between 13-16 February 2024 and gathered 34 participants from across the Western Balkans.  The participants gained skills that will help them recognise hate speech and divisive …

A HUMAN TRAFFICKING CASE IN ALBANIA: Media must do better

NOTE: TV Klan was initially selected as Troll of the Month, but after additional internal consultations, the RDN team has recognised the following: The coverage of TV Klan, even though still sensationalistic, misleading and unprofessional in the headline and deserves to be treated as harmful speech, does not meet the criteria for the Troll of …

Monthly Highlights December: disinformation, sexism and anti-LGBTQI+ rhetoric

Throughout December, the RDN monitoring team has detected a range of hateful narratives and discourse. This month, we have seen hatred based on gender, religion, and sexual orientation, as well as the spread of discrediting campaigns against political opponents. Sexism in Montenegro and Albania Five Montenegrin female journalists, Danica Nikolic, Tamara Nikcevic, Bojana Dabovic, Mirka …

REPORTING DIVERSITY Advanced Training: Call for Participants

WHEN: 13-16 February 2024 WHERE: Podgorica, Montenegro Reporting Diversity Network – The New Agenda is inviting CSOs, grassroots activists, human rights defenders to attend the Reporting Diversity training of trainers. The training will take place in Podgorica, between 13-16 February 2024 and will gather 30 participants from across the Western Balkans. The participants will gain …

TROLL OF THE MONTH: TV Pink  

December 2023 The Balkan Troll of the Month is an individual, a group of individuals or a media outlet that spreads hate based on gender, ethnicity, religion, or other diversity categories. The Balkan Troll is selected based on hate speech incidents identified across the Western Balkans region.  This month, in the morning show “Novo jutro” …

Monthly Highlights November: trivialisation of femicide & hatred against political opponents

Throughout the month of November, the RDN monitoring team has detected hatred based on ethnicity, gender, race, the trivialisation of femicide and hatred against political opponents. Racism in Albania and Kosovo In Albania, an agreement was made between the Albanian and Italian Prime Ministers to relocate thousands of African migrants, currently recognised as asylum seekers …

Monthly Monitoring Highlights – problematic narratives all around the Western Balkans

Throughout the month of October, the RDN monitoring team has detected a range of hateful narratives and discourse. This month, we have seen hatred based on gender, ethnicity as well as hatred aimed towards journalists and persons with disabilities. Trivialisation of rape and attacks on a journalist reporting on sexual abuse in Albania In the …