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FOREWORD

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) was set up by the first Summit of Heads of State and Government of the member States of the Council of Europe, held in Vienna in October 1993. ECRI’s task is to combat racism, xenophobia, antisemitism and intolerance at the level of greater Europe and in the perspective of the protection of human rights. ECRI’s members are independent experts, designated on the basis of their moral authority and recognised expertise in dealing with matters related to the fight against racism and intolerance. ECRI’s programme of activities comprises three aspects: country-by-country approach; work on general themes; and activities in relation to civil society.

One of ECRI’s activities, falling under the second element of its programme of work on general themes, is to collect examples of current “good practices” in member States for combating racism and intolerance in different areas. ECRI publishes these examples in a series of collected “good practices”, which are distributed among those circles interested in combating racism and intolerance, to serve as a source of inspiration.

The present publication contains examples of “good practices” in the media for combating racism and intolerance. The examples cited have been compiled by a consultant, Ms Isabel MELIS, a free-lance journalist. The publication has been produced independently by the consultant and it does not fall under the responsibility of ECRI, the Council of Europe or its member States. The examples which follow should in no respect be regarded as recommendations to the member States of the Council of Europe. Readers are requested to note that the status of the publication is that of a compilation of examples presented in the form of a catalogue, for information purposes, to provide inspiration to interested parties.