13 - 16 September 2012, Budapest (Hungary)


To be held next September, this encounter will be the last step of the MARS European production tour. It will propose to a group of 30 journalists living in Hungary to finalize this quest for an inclusive and intercultural way of producing media content that started a year ago in Austria.

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Outputs
NATURALIZATION IN SPORTS: NATIONAL PRIDE VERSUS PERSONAL FAME
Aliona TUMKO (Hungary) & Balint JOSA (Hungary)
Our topic Naturalization and discrimination in sports, we choose to introduce the difficulties of sportsmen and women choosing to live and succeed in a different country. The three examples show, that not every sportsmen welcome foreign origin competition and fans also might be hostile and exclusive. The fate of the immigrants is dependent on their success and some even become very popular and even national heroes. We conclude that a successful integration of a foreign player can even be a major impact in helping immigrants to be accepted in Society.
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DISABLED ATHLETE IN THE MIDDLE OF DISCRIMINATION
Nikolett GIMESI-MERKLER (Hungary) & Viktor RUZSA (Hungary)
We made a radio product about a young Paralympics silver-winner, Tamás Tóth. We chose this topic, because it's quite actual and very important to show people how a 20-years-old, disabled sportsman looks at the world. In the interview you are able to hear where he met discrimination, how hard it was to find a trainer and his very personal thoughts of the difference of integration all around the world and Hungary. We really hope that after listening to this report, people will recognize the difference between feeling sorrow for handicapped individuals and helping them.
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VERONIKA IS HAPPY ABOUT THE SILVER
Ádám PÉCZELY (Hungary) & Zoltan ZMESKAL (Hungary)
In Hungary it is a very matter to talk about athletes, who – in some manner – are disabled. It is uncommon to be able to watch/read/listen to interviews about athletes of these kind, but we had a chance to talk with somebody, whose will and talent let her go to the finals of the Paralympics. We were able to ask a few questions to Veronika Juhász, who – by herself - won the fourth place in fencing, ask about her feelings, about the silver she won with her teammates, about the current situation in Hungary related to disabled people, and how does she feel a about her Roma identity. Hopefully, by the time everyone finishes the report, they would be able to have a deeper understanding of how badly we can treat others, and how high they can climb, even if by only a particular leg.
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FUTURE OF ROMA SPORTSPERSONS
Anna FREYNO (Germany), Larry FERGESON, CCMC (Cyprus) & Gabriella VELICS (Berzsenyi Rádió)
Mezei István is a visionary who decided in 1992 to do his part to combat racism by establishing a youth Roma football team. Going to areas where the Roma youth lived he challenged and inspired the young boys to form a football team. This act of courage led to the formation of the internationally successful “Minority League” team known better to the public as “Gypsy Football”. No matter what you call them the youth have travelled the world making themselves known playing football matches proving by their dedication and skill that sports can be a means against discrimination. Always a pioneer, Mezei István, continues his struggle today, being a father figure to the Roma youth, believing that the combination of firmness, kindness and boldness is the best pedagogy for inclusion of Roma youth into Hungarian society.
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WE VISITED A FOOTBALL MATCH AND WE ENJOYED IT WITHOUT VIOLENCE
Zoltán FAIGL (Hungary) & Eszter TOTH (Hungary)
The world’s football organisation try in several ways to lower racism in football stadiums, but the fans opinion is, that the wide media coverage is the real reason, giving a wrong magnified picture instead of the real one. We visited a football event and we interviewed fans about racism, and tried to figure out who is truly responsible and what is behind the violent shouts and enormous rage.
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FOOT COACH, DISCRIMINATION AND ANTIRACISM IN FOOTBALL
Tadesse EYASSU (Hungary), László NYILAS (Hungary) & István SZARVAS (Hungary)
Our report subject: Hafuzi Avnija, who was representing herself. Topic: As a permanent resident of Hungary we asked our Subject about her experience in living as a foreigner in Hungary. We issued the topics: racism, xenophobia, negative discrimination and exclusion of migrants.
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ONLY THE WINNERS ARE ALLOWED TO CRY!
Mate TOTH (Hungary), Szántó TÜNDE (Hungary), Balog ZSOLT (Hungary) & Herman ZSOTT GYÖRG (Hungary)
We choose for our audio-visual reportage our topic from the history of the second world war. During the war and in Death-camps several athletes and sportsmen died too. We believe that this side of the war has not yet been covered by any media. We try to show the unforgivable losses to mankind trough the personal stories we collected. I began my report with the words of Éva Székely, who is among the few who survived and can tell us her experiences. She celebrated her 85th birthday just recently and with our movie as a tribute we wish her good health.
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QUIET CELEBRATION STRIKING DISCRIMINATION
Nora SARGA (Hungary), Diamantis MASTROGIANNAKIS (France) & Eszter ZÁMBÓ (Hungary)
While the Olympic Games were broadcasted live on the Hungarian National Television (MTV), which owns the exclusive right to cover the event, the Paralympics Games received only 50 minutes in the program agenda of the channel. There were no live coverage only summaries of the results of each day. Although, the 50 minutes length is significantly more that the time that was devoted to the physically challenged competitors four years ago, it is not even close to equal representation. MTV was harshly criticized by the civil society, human right groups and other entities for not giving equal attention to the Paralympics. In response to the criticism MTV could not emphasized more the fact that this year they devoted a lot more time to the Paralympics and the Hungarian Paralympics Committee actually agrees on that. The Committee considers the growth of time as a huge step forward. On the other hand, the appeal is very understandable as well since any kind of discrimination is going against ones human rights and there has to be fought against. To be able to fight against something we need to know where the problem derives from. Our article therefore discusses possible reasons.
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ADVANTAGES OF BEING A WOMAN IN SPORT
Zsuzsa FEHER (Hungary) & Nikola STARITZ (Austria)
After researching data about the participation of women in the diverse levels of sport and finding out – no surprise! –, how bad the situation still is, we decided to make an ironic campaign-video collecting 1o arguments, why it is great to be a woman in the field of sport. Instead of reclaiming we affirm the clichés und barriers to make them visible and clear. The message is serious but the production should be funny. The bad quality was not really planed, but can be seen as a part of our activist video.
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MARTIAL ARTS WINS OVER RACISM
Yves COLLARD (Belgium), Ferentczy EORS (Hungary) & Sándor NÉMETH NYIBA (Hungary)
In martial arts the fighter enters the aura of the opponent. The fight takes the measure of the man. What you do in the fight, follow it up in your life. Martial arts, music and poetry will all add up to wholeness. The project theme was elaborated in meetings by the participants. The views of the participants are documented in a report produced in the studios of CIVIL Radio. This Report is primarily in English with contribution by all 3 participants. English simultaneous translation of S. NEMETH contribution (in Hungarian), the moderator, was provided by E. FERENTZY. Contributions by Yves COLLARD and Eors FERENTZY are in English. The Report has been left in care of the MARS organisers, CIVIL Radio. After further editing it will be published on YOU TUBE and where ever appropriate.
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FROM THE FIRST WHISTLE TILL THE LAST WHISTLE…
Tamás BOZSIK (Hungary) & Marcell LORINCZ (Hungary)
Our goal was to discover the influence of public opinion and fan behaviour on the performance of professional sportswoman and men. We tried to analyse several careers and try to get a grip on the life experience of this very special subject. We approached two famous cases and tried to discover new aspects of racism and its influence on the people it targets. We also aimed to prove the negative impacts, and make It clear how damaging it can be to the soul.
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HOW MANY DO YOU KNOW?
Peter BARA (Hungary), Yuk Lan WONG (Belgium) & Andras FARKAS (Hungary)
Today, we are living in an increasingly diverse society. According to statistics recently published by the European Union, among the 501 million people living across the 27 EU countries, immigration has contributed to 71% of the population increase in the EU. But how much do we know about the people living in our society? This report aims to find out diversity in sport through people’s knowledge of port men and women with minority background in their own countries. We interviewed two groups of people, one group is Hungarian citizens and the others are foreigners in Hungary and focused on the question: Do you know any sport man or woman with an ethnic minority background in your country? By asking the question, we tried to find out the different attitudes and degree of sensitivity they have how towards the concept of “ethnic minority”.
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