Over the years, the European Union has put in place legislation to tackle discrimination, such as the Racial Equality Directive. While the Directive was adopted two decades ago, various problems still persist in the national implementation of European non-discrimination law. There is a lack of awareness of victim’s rights, existence and work of specialised bodies and redress mechanisms, and sometimes an unclear understanding of how racism manifests itself.
One important way to promote awareness is to increase and improve the media coverage on discrimination in general and racial or ethnic discrimination in particular. This can be done by enhancing journalists’ capacities regarding the rights of citizens and appropriate terminology for reporting on discrimination issue. This media training addresses these needs by clarifying the relevant legal concepts and discussing the role of the media in tackling racial discrimination.
During the event, legal experts provided the participants with the necessary tools to approach this sensitive topic with confidence in the media. An Independent Report drafted by MPG on the Racial Equality Directive was used as a foundation for the training.
The topics that were discussed included:
– The meaning of racial and ethnic origin
– First glance into the EU legal framework on ethnic/racial discrimination
– Terminology and concepts: reporting on sensitive issues
– Good practices on judicial interpretation
– Redress mechanisms for victims of discrimination
– How can the press deal with the topic?