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 …

ADVERTISING INEQUALITY

ADVERTISING IN KOSOVO CONTINUES TO PERPETUATE GENDER INEQUALITY. The gentle clink of a spoon against a tiny teacup accompanies the sight of a Turkish teapot boiling on the stove. A door opens and a man enters the house. Over 10 people are gathered in the living room waiting for him, a woman with a smile …

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 …

COMMENTS THAT LEAVE A MARK

ONLINE ABUSE IS JUST AS SERIOUS AS OFFLINE ABUSE. In September 2022, MP Daorsa Kica Xhelili announced that she was leaving Lista Guxo for the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK). Kica Xhelili initially was a member of Vetëvendosje (VV), and was elected to the Assembly of Kosovo in the 2021 general election. Her election was …

VIOLENCE IS NOT A MEDIA SPECTACLE

K2.0’S EDITORIAL STANCE REGARDING RECENT MEDIA COVERAGE. On January 20, it was reported that 18-year-old Lulzim Fejzullahu died at the University Clinical Center of Kosovo from injuries he received after two boys hit him with a car and then brutally beat him. When covering this event, some Kosovar media outlets were quick to reveal details …

SOCIAL MEDIA UNDER THE LENS OF FACT-CHECKERS

FACT CHECKERS’ FIGHT TO COMBAT DISINFORMATION. “Even Vlora Çitaku has a Serbian passport!” “Mega scandal, Srpska Lista leader Goran Rakić has an intimate meeting on a yacht,” “Business loans up to 50,000 euros.” These are just a few examples of the disinformation shared on Facebook this year.  Disinformation published in the media spreads false information about …

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 …

Online Violence Against Women in Politics: A Threat to Democracy

Online violence against female politicians, which impacts women’s representation in political and other decision-making institutions, has various consequences that harm democracy. The impact of online violence goes against the fundamental tenets of democracy, presenting novel challenges to states and institutions in controlling and holding perpetrators accountable. Although there are outstanding issues in controlling and monitoring …