Media in Intercultural Communication: Dr. Popova presents in Budapest

ZP12-13 November 2015. ECMI Senior Research Associate Dr. Zora Popova participates at the 8th Budapest Human Rights Forum, hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary. Dr. Popova presents on Media in Intercultural Communication during the Panel on Minority media and minorities in the media.

As a key tool for public communication, media is a crucial factor for enabling pluralism and intercultural dialogue, for increasing the levels of tolerance towards and understanding of diversity, and for encouraging inter-community cooperation. But can media also hamper integration efforts? What are the consequences of disseminating manipulative messages, promoting fear and hostility, spreading negative stereotypes on national minorities? While mainstream media compliance to the established norms is regularly monitored and controlled, there is not great attention to the messages transmitted through minority media.

During the Third Panel of the 8th Budapest Human Rights Forum taking place on 12-13 November 2015, Dr. Zora Popova will present ECMI Media and Diversity research project. The presentation will discuss some of the findings addressing the issues of freedom of speech, freedom of opinion and the minority media as a crucial factor for promoting tolerance and intercultural communication.

About the Forum

The Budapest Human Rights Forum, launched in 2008, provides for an outstanding opportunity for national and international human rights experts representing international organizations, governments, academia and the civil society to exchange views on topical human rights issues in various domains. The Third Panel focuses on Minority media and minorities in the media: Freedom of information, freedom of opinion and expression, cultural and linguistic autonomy of minorities. Minority issues constitute a specific and permanent element of the agenda of the Budapest Human Rights Forums. The aim of this panel is to discuss the role both of the mainstream and minority media in the protection and promotion of the rights of minorities as well as how this role could be further strengthened. The panelists include: Rita Izsák (United Nations Special Rapporteur of Minority Issues), Thorsten Afflerbach (European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, Council of Europe), Zora Popova (European Centre for Minority Issues), Günther Rautz, (European Association of Daily Newspapers in Minority and Regional Languages). The panel is chaired by Erzsébet Sándor-Szalay, Deputy-Commissioner Responsible for the Rights of National Minorities, Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights.

About the research project

In 2015, ECMI has started a research project focused on minority media outlets in Europe and their role in the intercultural dialogue and cohesion in diverse societies. Comparing the behavior of the majority and minority media, and analyzing media (and language) policies and practices contributes to the understanding of the type of interaction and of the existing attitudes and trends within a pluralist society, and of the quality of protection of minority rights. The project is part of the ECMI Culture and Diversity research cluster and is headed by Dr. Zora Popova.

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