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Young journalists at the "Assises Internationales du Journalisme"
For the second consecutive year, the Council of Europe is hosting the "Assises Internationales du Journalisme et de l'Information". The event, held from the 16 to 18 November in the Palais de l'Europe and other venues around Strasbourg, is France's largest gathering of journalists.

In a joint operation between the Speak out Against Discrimination Campaign and the European Youth Press, 15 young journalists from this pan-European association were given the task of reporting on the event. Their reports had to take into account the themes of the campaign: the fight against discrimination through the media and the promotion of intercultural dialogue.
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Introduction to the European Youth Press
Différences entre le paysage médiatique français et allemand
Debate “Journalism, Sport & Discrimination – Don’t let us be offside! " - 17 November in Strasbourg
Organised within the framework of the Assises internationales du Journalisme and in cooperation with the Enlarged Partial Agreement of the Council of Europe on Sport (EPAS) this debate which will take place in Strasbourg the 17 November from 2-4.30 pm, will include the presentation of two film clips: "Sports and homosexuality, what's the problem?", directed by Michel Royer Agency CAPA and broadcasted by French Channel Canal + on October 4, 2010 and Inside Incredible Athletes, produced by Renegade Pictures and distributed in the UK by Channel 4 TV in August 2010.

Draft agenda
Report of the 2008 seminar on Sport and discrimination: the media perspective

16-18 November 2010 - 4th Assises internationales du journalisme et de l’information (Palais de l'Europe, Strasbourg)
For the second time, the Council of Europe in the framework of a joint action of its Directorate of Communication and the Speak out against discrimination Campaign, will host the 4th edition of the International Symposium on Journalism and Information entitled this year « Noise or News? ». 900 journalists and media professional will gather in Strasbourg on this Programme and contacts

Final programme
Website of the Assises Internationale du Journalisme et de l'information
13-14 Septembre 2010 - 2010 Exchange on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue (Ohrid)
“The role of the media in promoting intercultural dialogue, tolerance and mutual understanding: freedom of expression in the media and respect for cultural and religious diversity”
is the choice of the 2010 Exchange on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue, organised by the Committee of Ministers.
The choice of the theme, is one aspect of the action undertaken by the Committee of Ministers in the field of intercultural dialogue and has also been influenced by the achievements of the Council of Europe’s “Speak Out Against Discrimination Campaign” launched two years ago, whose primary objective has been to work with, for and through media professionals, in accordance with the recommendations of the White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue.
30 August - 3 September 2010 - Pilot Encounter Journalism training, Discrimination and Diversity (Portugal)
This Pilot Encounter targeted trainers of European journalism training schools and organisations. Jointly organised by the Fundamental Rights Agency of the European Union (FRA) and the Council of Europe, this encounter was held from 30 August to 3 September at the University of Coimbra (Portugal) and aimed mainly at introducing and testing the training pack "Journalism training, Discrimination and Diversity" still under construction.
Draft agenda
List of participants

8 June 2010: Palermo Conference on Fight against discrimination. (Italia)
In his opening speech at the Council of Europe conference on the fight against discrimination, taking place on 8 June 2010 in Palermo, Piero Gottuso, president of the Palermo’s 7th district recalled Sicily’s thousand-year long tradition of harmonious coexistence of different cultures and traditions.The Deputy Secretary General, Maud de Boer Buquicchio, in her message, stressed that discrimination should never be tolerated. The conference further focused on the Council of Europe’s White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue.
The conference also marked the launch of the Council of Europe anti-discrimination campaign in Palermo, aiming at raising awareness of the public with regard to this phenomenon.
More infomation [word]

21 May 2010: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
Further to the adoption of UNESCO’s Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity in November 2001, the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed 21 May as World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (Resolution 57/249).
The Day will provide us with an opportunity to deepen understanding of the values of Cultural Diversity and to learn to “live together” better. This is why UNESCO appeals to the Member States as well as to all civil society to celebrate this World Day by involving as many actors and partners as possible.

18-21 May 2010 - Media co-production workshop in Odessa (Ukraine)
An Initiative for Crossing Media Practices in Ukraine - Campaign’s Objective 3 - a Media co-production workshop with mainstream and minority media professionals for supporting exchanges of professional practices and encouraging media partnerships building across Ukraine takes place Odessa, from 18 to 21 May gathering 35 participants.

May 2010 - The Campaign TV spot in Kiev (Ukraine)
The Campaign TV spot is broadcasted in Kiev (Ukraine) at the entrance of the main railway station with an opportunity for thousands of travellers to get familiar with the message of the Campaign


18th March 2010 - Round Table with journalists of ethnic minorities attending in Poitiers (France)
Campaign’s “Media and Diversity” Manager Reynald Blion will moderate a Round Table with journalists of ethnic minorities attending in Poitiers (France), on 18 March.
The round table with journalists of diversity and minorities media is aimed at providing talks about the role and place of these media in their respective world, and moreover within their society. The round table will gather media professionals of a number of European countries, working in various support (radio, webmedia, newspapers), dedicated to various target groups.
The Hungarian press reports on the Campaign
Beside the Training European workshop organized jointly with the Fundamental Rights Agency of the EU (FRA), 23-26 February, the Campaign’s team gave a press conference with the Hungarian press (newspapers, public radio / television), among which some minority programs were representatives, in particular Roma. Carole Reich and Reynald Blion informed them about the aims and activities of the Speak out against discrimination Campaign” in the premises of the Council of Europe Documentation and Information Centre.Bas du formulaire Dossier people
23-26 February 2010 – A workshop for sharing journalism training practices – European Youth Centre – Budapest
After a workshop held in Strasbourg, a meeting was jointly organized by the Council of Europe and the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) in Vienna. The aim of this new workshop which followed both was to share journalism training practices related to intercultural and antidiscrimination issues. It focused mainly on the way of nuancing teaching to reach a diverse audience, including modules or assessments which necessitate a better understanding of antidiscrimination legislation or human rights law.
List of participants
22 January 2010: Our bilingual Newsletter
A new year and a new format for the Council of Europe’s Speak out against Discrimination Campaign newsletter!
2009 was marked by a wealth of events and activities carried out in the context of the 4 campaign objectives and 2010 is no less promising. This first newsletter therefore contains a short summary of the activities launched in 2009 and those envisaged for 2010; for further information see 
January 2010

8-11 December 2009 - Bari conference focus on campaign:
The Italian city of Bari was on focus of campaigning thanks to a major conference that brought together members of the network of intercultural cities to see how new policies in city governance can increase diversity in local communities. Outdoor billboards and other public events brought the campaign to the city's population.

Programme [Word]
Presentation: Immigration and criminality
Presentation: The case of Ferrhotel

Podcast: Romanian and Roma in Bari
Podcast: Interculturalism in Bari and Apulia

UEB news site [IT]
RAI news site [IT]


26-27 November 2009 - Workshop for journalism schools and media training institutions in Vienna
The Council of europe and the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, FRA hosted a workshop for journalism schools and media training institutions to discuss how to strengthen journalistic training.
Agenda [PDF]
List of participants [Excel]
Project info [Word]


6 November 2009 - Pierdomenico Baccalario's dedication
Italian author Pierdomenico Baccalario, author of teenage fantasy fiction, popular in 18 languages, has dedicated his latest book Il Popolo di Tarkaan to the Council of Europe campaign against discrimination.
Dedication [PDF]


20-21 October 2009 - Lilian Thuram in Kosovo
France’s second-most capped football player, Lilian Thuram, has been visiting Kosovo to help educate young people about the dangers of racism and discrimination. The former defender at Juventus and FC Barcelona, visited the capital, Pristina and one of the oldest known settlements in Kosovo, the city of Mitrovica, as part of a move organised by the Council of Europe to help to bring different ethnic groups closer together. As president of the Education against Racism Foundation, Thuram has spent years campaigning to eradicate discrimination and xenophobia from communities.
Press release
Lilian Thuram's interview [Fr]


9 October 2009 - International Journalism Symposium
The Council of Europe hosted the 3rd International Journalism Symposium on 7-9 October in Strasbourg. Over 400 journalists, editors, press magnates, students and teachers of journalism, researchers and members of the public discussed principles and practices which may help to improve standards in the news media.
Press release
Frédéric Mitterrand's speech in video [PDF][fr]
Final Report Media & Diversity: The next steps to promote minority access to the Media


24 September 2009 - Campaign launch in Reggio Emilia, Italy

Gabriella Battaini Dragoni, Director General of Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport gave a press conference together with Graziano Delrio, Mayor of Reggio Emilia on 24 September to launch the Antidiscrimination Campaign and to present the Council of Europe "White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue". Reggio Emilia is part of the Intercultural Cities Network.
More information [Word]


21 September 2009 - Slovenia: Campaign activities
The anti-discrimination campaign started with a three month long outdoor campaign which covered the whole of the country. The national information office organised several debates and round table discussions highlighting the issue of discrimination. School children took part in a competition entitled 'Why diversity enriches us?' which enjoyed the support of Prime Minister Borut Pahor.
Report [Word]


17 September 2009 - International Journalism Assizes
"Les Assises internationales du journalisme et de l’information (International Journalism Assizes) planned for 6-8 October in the Palais de l'Europe was the subject of a press conference on Thursday 17 September at 10h at Strasbourg’s Club de Presse.
The Assises brings together 300 journalists to discuss topical issues, with a focus on the Council of Europe's Anti Discrimination campaign, looking at how journalists and the media can speak out against discrimination in their working methods and recruitment practices.
Web site [fr]


16 September 2009 - Launch in Russia of the Anti-Discrimination campaign
The Anti-Discrimination campaign was launched officially in Russia on 16 September by Gabriela Battaini-Dragoni, Director General of Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport. The campaign is endorsed by Russian footballer Andrei Arshavin.
Press release


August 2009 - Anti-discrimination media training workshop
Media professionals and trainers from journalism institutes representing 16 countries gathered at the European Youth Center in Strasbourg for a series of workshops between 26-28 August. They discussed media coverage as it relates to intercultural issues and discrimination and contributed to the development of the campaign's training pack.


August 2009 - Polish Woodstock rocks to the Anti Discrimination message
Some 450.000 people took up the Council of Europe’s call to ''Speak out against Discrimination'' during the 15th Przystanek Woodstock Festival at Kostrzyn on the Oder, from 31 July to 2 August. 25 volunteers staffed the stand promoting the Council of Europe’s anti-discrimination campaign with material distributed to more than 70.000 people. The campaign was highlighted in the media and associated with celebrities present at the concerts and debates, such as Lech Wałęsa, Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Michael Lang, and Jurek Owsiak, chief organiser of the Festival. 


July 2009 - Campaign launch in Portugal
On 9 July, the campaign was launched in Lisbon in cooperation with the High Commission for Immigration and Intercultural Dialogue of Portugal (ACIDI).

Press Release
Livre blanc sur le dialogue Interculturel

29 June 2009 - Campaign launched in Spain
On 29 June, the anti-discrimination campaign was launched in Madrid. The local council has endorsed the camapaign which uses some 220 billboards in an effort to raise awareness and promote good practice in the reporting of intercultural and discrimination-related issues among journalists.

Press Release

April 2009 - Seville conference : Video and blog report
A team of journalists has produced a video and blog report of the Council of Europe conference in Seville (21 and 24 April 2009) which debated perspectives on intercultural dialogue and the fight against discrimination.

Objectives [Word]
Programme [Word]
Medias Participants [PDF]
Youtube - Video clip
Youtube - Lusa Video
RTN podcast
Blog report
Hasan Patel's report
Photo Gallery - Flickr

28 april 2009 - Paris joins the anti-discrimination campaign
Yamina Benguigui (right), Deputy Mayor of Paris responsible for human rights and combating discrimination, Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Director General of Education of the Council of Europe, and Lilian Thuram, President of the Education against Racism foundation, held a press briefing to mark the launch of the campaign.
Website [fr]


21-24 april 2009 - Media perspectives: Intercultural dialogue and the fight against discrimination Seville (Spain)
A meeting of media experts discussing perspectives on intercultural dialogue and the fight against discrimination has revealed the extent of problems facing minorities in Spain.

More information

9 april 2009 - Civic education: Council of Europe website helps schoolchildren
Children from a school in Alsace, France, are using the Council of Europe's Speak Out Against Discrimination campaign as part of their civic education studies.

More information

20 March 2009 - Campaign launched in Romania
A Roma party and a round-table discussion were highlights of the campaign launch in Romania, organised by the Council of Europe's Bucharest Information Office, the National Council for Combating Discrimination and the National Council for Audiovisual. The campaign runs from 20 March to 20 July and aims to inform the public on the impact of discrimination and the ways it can be challenged. Campaigners will also encourage media professionals to be better prepared in reporting discrimination and cultural diversity and will seek parliamentary support in the fight against 'hate speech'


March 2009 - Anti-discrimination campaign in Slovenia
Some 400 billboard posters are bringing home the Council of Europe's anti-discrimination message to residents of Ljubljana and other Slovene towns.
The campaign which began in January and runs for three months, will also feature discussions on hate speech and other events organised by the country’s information office.
The Council of Europe has also joined forces with magazines aimed at children and teenagers to launch the 'Why Diversity Enriches Us' creative competition. On 24 March, the country's capital Ljubljana will host further 'Spaces of Diversity' events in support of the campaign 'Speak Out Against Discrimination.' Plans are also afoot to develop the campaign for project work in schools.
Press articles


19 - 20 February 2009 - Preparatory meeting for the media and diversity component of the campaign
This first meeting aims:
- to present and detail the focal points of the Media & Diversity component of the campaign;
- to specify the practical arrangements for carrying out this work in view of the expected results;
- to confirm the timetable and the next steps in the implementation of the campaign’s Media & Diversity component.
Programme [Word]


Interview : Lilian Thuram
World Cup winner Lilian Thuram discusses his transition from football to social activism, his new foundation 'Education Against Racism' and reveals why he is supporting the Council of Europe's anti-discrimination campaign.


15 January 2009 - Anti Discrimination: Rai Uno highlights campaign (Italie)
Television station Rai Uno broadcast an interview with Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni following the launch of the Italian language version of the White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue in Rome.
The Director General of Education, Culture, Heritage, Youth and Sport visited the Italian capital for the event on 15 January and took part in a studio discussion on the Council of Europe and its campaign against discrimination.
She outlined the Organisation’s commitment to cultural pluralism and the fight against intolerance.


15 January 2009 - Intercultural Dialogue: Rome joins forces with the Council of Europe (Italy)
To mark the publication in Italian of the ''White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue'', a press conference was held on 15 January in the Camera dei Deputati (Chamber of Deputies) in Rome.
The White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue, entitled 'Living Together As Equals in Dignity,' was adopted by the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers on 7 May 2008, after a wide-ranging consultation process involving the governments of the Organisation's 47 member states. It was translated into Italian and produced by the Italian Ministry of Culture in conjunction with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Press Release
White Paper [PDF]

December /January - Poster campaigns in France and Slovenia
More than 125 billboard posters were displayed in Strasbourg (France) to highlight the anti-discrimation campaign in the run-up to Christmas. Slovenia's capital Ljubljana hosts a similar poster blitz this month.
Press Release


20 November 2008 - Seminar "Sport and discrimination: Media perspective" (Strasbourg)
Lilian Thuram was the guest speaker at the Council of Europe’s sport seminar: “Sport and discrimination : the media perspective”. This event took place on 20 November 2008 in Strasbourg.
The seminar covered issues such as "How journalists can contribute to a fairer, more balanced coverage of the competition between nations which sports fixtures frequently involve?" and a lively debate between media professionals and NGOs provided a forum for sharing ideas on anti-discrimination initiatives.
Video France 3


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