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Section 1 - Press

Example 1 Cyprus, The Sunday Mail
Example 2 Spain, Diari de Barcelona
Example 3 Sweden, Svenska Dagbladet, Dagens Nyheter, Aftonbladet and Expressen
Other examples of interest:

Example 1 Cyprus, The Sunday Mail 

Steve Myles, editor of The Sunday Mail, took advantage of a racist act to draw attention to the topic at a national level. The 7 March 1999 edition, under the headline “SHAME”, devoted the entire front page to reporter Anthony O. Miller's story of the deportation by the airport immigration authorities of two Senegalese computer experts invited for a seminar, despite their reservations at the Hilton hotel, valid passports and visas, return air tickets and cash in their pockets. In addition, the reader was offered a further two pages of coverage of the story inside the newspaper, including long interviews with both victims.

Apart from the extensive coverage of a racist case that would – at best - usually be described in a few sentences, a vibrant editorial addressed “this island’s prejudices about race”, in a convincing attempt to denounce the perceived institutionalised racism which exists in the country on the one side, and to stress the fact that the problem of racism had not been tackled by the highest authorities at a political level.

Three days later, the cabinet officially apologised to the two computer professionals for their wrongful deportation and ordered an investigation, as reported on the front page of the 11 March 1999 edition.


For more information:

The Sunday Mail
24 Vassiliou Voulgaroctonou St.
PO Box 21144
CY - 1502 Nicosia
Tel: +357.2.67.20.74
Fax: +357.2.67.63.85
E-mail: Cyprus.Mail@cytanet.com.cy

 

Example 2 Spain, Diari de Barcelona 

During the last municipal elections in June 1999, the electronic daily Diari de Barcelona chose to give voice to those citizens that could not vote: non European Union foreigners. Together with the classic coverage of interviews with candidates and their political campaign, the 15-day series “Other Barcelonas” (Altres Barcelones) presented the opinions, worries and hopes for their city of citizens from Guinea, China, Chile, Lebanon, Morocco and Pakistan.

Each interviewee was considered to be an opinion leader in his/her own community and therefore could best represent it. Most of them were in close contact with migrant organisations helping in the field of social integration. El Diari portrayed the foreigners’ background, their present situation, their opinion about living in Barcelona, what they miss about their own country, their personal experience with Catalans, in what way they value the Spanish political system, if they feel politically represented and whether they would vote if it was allowed. Finally, the interviewees had the opportunity to explain what they would request from the new mayor.

One common demand expressed in the interviews was that municipal representatives should put pressure on the national government concerning non-EU citizens’ right to vote in municipal elections, which would give immigrants a better position to influence political decisions in the field of immigration. It seems that their voice has been heard. In January 2000, the municipal assembly voted by unanimity a proposal to present this topic at the national parliament.

Editor Cristina Ribas wanted to show that some citizens are never heard and yet still contribute to the daily life of Barcelona. This original approach to election coverage went beyond strictly political comment and included some racist issues.

And, indeed, immigrants’ associations based in Barcelona, such as SOS Racismo, the union CITES CCOO or publisher Icaria, were very positive about the impact of El Diari’s initiative, considered to be a valuable example of how new technologies can help promoting minority issues.

For more information:

Diari de Barcelona
Via Laietana 48
E - 08003 Barcelona
Tel: +34.93.26.88.900
Fax: +34.93.26.88.905
E-mail: diari@diaridebarcelona.com
Website: www.diaridebarcelona.com


Example 3 Sweden, Svenska Dagbladet, Dagens Nyheter, Aftonbladet and Expressen 

On 30 November 1999, date of the commemoration of Karl XII’s death by skinheads and nazi youth, four main dailies (Svenska Dagbladet, Dagens Nyheter, Aftonbladet, Expressen) published a common letter together with 60 photographs of known nazis/racists – including dangerous criminals - from different networks in Sweden. This outstanding initiative caused enormous repercussions throughout the society. Identical texts or articles were published, whereby the papers used their common resources to investigate the threats against civil society by nazi groups, extreme-right gangs and other organised crime rings.

This extraordinary mobilisation was a reaction against the number of serious hate crimes and attacks against civil society in the previous year: a letter with a bomb was sent to the Minister of Justice; another bomb was put in the car of a journalist, who, together with his son, was seriously injured; two police officers were allegedly killed by three nazis after a bank robbery; a trade union activist was murdered, etc.

Following the publication of the nazis activists’ pictures, a certain number of them decided to leave the networks, others were expelled from their trade unions, and some employers discussed openly whether their nazi employees should be fired.

The common letter by the editors as well as antiracist links, and more articles that followed those of 30 November - at least in Dagens Nyheter - can be found on the Internet at the following address:

http://www.dn.se/DNet/dyn/GetArticle.dyn/d,128/a,100229?f,demokrati.html

For more information:


Strömbergs Distribution Dagens Nyheter
S - 120 88 Stockholm
Fax: +46.8.449.88.10
E-mail: dn@strd.se

 

Other examples of interest: 

ˇ France, Nouvel Observateur, article about “Collectif Egalité”, a recently created association to promote minorities in the media

ˇ Germany, Der Spiegel, series of articles about racism