Media Ethics


"It is essential to promote forms of communication that not only challenge the patriarchal nature of media but strive to decentralise and democratise them: to create media that encourage dialogue and debate; media that advance women and peoples' creativity [...] Media which are responsive to people's needs". (The Bangkok Declaration, 1994) This blog seeks to encourage a critical engagement with questions about the gender dimensions of print, broadcast and digital media policy and practice. The posts highlight news, events, analyses and information from around the world in an effort to spur gender-focussed debate and action.


Reporting on Refugees in Europe

Critical media monitoring to promote the rights of refugees to speak on their own behalf and to have their voices respectfully heard and adequately represented by the media. Research by the Europe region of the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC). 

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Tunisia Signs Media Freedom Declaration

Tunisia becomes the second country after Palestine to sign the Declaration on Media Freedom in the Arab World.

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Reflecting on the Intersection of Ageism and Sexism in the Newsroom

A blog post discussing the how ageist in sexist practices contribute to the underrepresentation of women in news media.

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Discriminatory Practices Against Female Anchors in Egypt

An article by The New York Times regarding the recent suspension of eight female news anchors due to their body image.

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Survivors Not Victims: Afghan Women in News

Marzia Nawrozi on portrayal of Afghan women in local and international news.

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Recommendation on Violence Against Women

A call for comment submissions from the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women on the updated draft of General Recommendation No. 19 (1992) on Violence Against Women.

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Gaza's Female Fixers: Meet the Women Behind the News

An article by Al Jazeera on the experiences of local female journalists in Gaza who work with foreign correspondents, referred to as "fixers". Featuring also a TED talk by Gaza's first female "fixer" Ameera Harouda.

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Maroc: Médias audiovisuels, stéréotypes et l’égalité hommes-femmes

Projet de développement d’une démarche de monitoring des programmes en vue de combattre les stéréotypes fondés sur le genre et de promouvoir la culture de l’égalité hommes-femmes à travers les medias télévisuels. Initiative de la Haute Autorité de la Comunication Audiovisuelle, Royaume du Maroc. La HACA s'est inspirée des indicateurs du GMMP et des indicateurs de l’UNESCO.

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Advancing gender equality in media

In my opinion, the most effective strategy to achieve gender-sensitive media is:

Increased gender-awareness training of media professionals
Greater action by audiences to hold their media accountable
Stricter enforcement of gender-focussed media codes and policies
More female journalists, editors and media house managers



The Right to Freedom of Expression is essential for Gender Equality

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