The campaign also has an ongoing video contest in which media workers and students are asked to show “how their daily work helps fight against discrimination and counter hate".
Meanwhile, the first related Media Literacy Training session is being organised by two of the campaign’s partners, CMFE and COMMIT, and will take place this April in Vienna.
COSPE, the only non-media organisation in the project, is collaborating with the Association Carta di Roma – dedicated to implementing a journalistic code of conduct for immigration and minority matters – to provide training modules on how to curb hate speech in the media. Part of COSPE’s work has involved educating the public, the media and other institutions in Italy and Europe on inequalities in the North-South relationship, and on greater inclusion and integration of immigrants.
“The construction of new imaginaries”
“Respect Words” has a similar theme – “ethical journalism against hate speech” – but turns more directly to producing new broadcasts. An EMA-RTV statement on the initiative says the campaign’s partners “will work together to contribute in the construction of new imaginaries, indispensable to the fight against hate speech.” The statement refers to “a particularly disturbing European context” involving “the dehumanisation of migration policies, the rise of Islamophobia and xenophobic discourses, [and] the commercialisation of journalistic information.”
This project stresses the need to rethink the treatment with which the media and their professionals address issues related to migration processes as well as ethnic and religious minorities.”
“Respect Words” brings together “more than 150 European media and around 1,300 journalists from the 8 partner countries.” While many of the partners are locally-based, others have a broader reach. All are media-related.
The EC names them as Comharchumann Cumarsaide Pobal Bhaile Atha Cliath-T (community radio broadcaster from Dublin); the Italian Radio Popolare; the Slovenian Radio Student (Slovenia); the Foundation for Civil Radio Broadcasting (based in Budapest); the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (Greece’s state-owned public broadcaster); Radio Dreyeckland Betriebs (free, non-commercial radio from southwest Germany); and the International Press Institute (IPI).