Wednesday 22 February
|Congratulations, volunteer of the Center|
Wednesday 22 February
|Congratulations, volunteer of the Center|
|Written by Alex|
A volunteer of the Center for Interethnic Cooperation made the third place on the international competition “Xenophobia and racism in the reporting of migration issues”. The seminar of the same name for journalists took place in Lviv from 23rd to 24th of October.
The fund “AWO Heimatgarten” was founded ten years ago to help migrants to return from
Little by little “AWO Heimatgarten” extended its activities in Europe and
Our seminar “Xenophobia and racism in the reporting of migration issues” took place within the framework of the second project of the fund in the countries of the CIS. It is called “Bridges of Neighborhood”. Many partner organizations were involved, among others the Russian fund “Education for Society”. The EU gives about 70% of the funding. The total budget of the project, which will operate two and a half years until the end of August 2011, reaches 1.400.000 Euros.
The project is generally designed for
The aim of “Bridges of Neighborhood” is to help migrants who returned from
With the help of this project they return; people of working age who understand that they cannot rely on the help of the authorities in
The project “Bridges of Neighborhood” is designed for training seminars and the work with journalists who write about problems of migration and social workers in the field of migration. “We prefer to work with young journalists who are just building their world-view, their journalistic culture and ethic. And we want to call for tolerance in the first place. We want to establish a network of journalists writing about problems of migration so that in this mutual communication they learn to report about problems of migration impartially, avoiding nationalistic, xenophobic and racist statements for their part”.
Olga Cherkez explains that there are two dangers in the social and the journalistic work. First, people come to work with migrants and, encountering difficulties in the intercultural communication, stereotypes emerge which disturb effective work. Second, the Burnout syndrome emerges when they take the pain of the migrants so deep to heart that after some time they become disabled and can’t execute this work any more.
In addition, the fund tries to establish contacts with volunteers who are ready to work selflessly. “We want that this pilot project induces other organizations to similar activities, to write similar grants. We very much want that we get competitors so that we can also improve”, she summarizes.
In Lviv we were received exceptionally friendly, and warnings like “In western
On the seminar it was a lot talked about stereotypes. Thus, according to Boris Potyatinnik, professor of theory and practice of journalism at the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv (al the teachers were from that university), a journalist can never get rid of stereotypes because he has to understandably describe the world in images for his audience. A discussion started, in which we argued if the reader prefers to consult publications which destroys his stereotypes. Some seminar participants said that namely such material is most interesting. But yet the familiar images and ideas do not need to break, but slowly withdraw from the negative, said the correspondent from ITAR-TASS in
However, many journalists inconsiderately publicize and promote xenophobia, therefore, there has to be a barrier against such publications in the editorial offices. Journalists should be aware of the democratic, legal and ethic values of their profession, experts accentuate.
A wave of indignation within the Russian side caused the provoking speech of Andrei Dakhna, associate professor of the history of philosophy. He thinks that in 2004 the xenophobic attitude of Russians towards Ukrainians strongly deteriorated and namely the media furthered this: “The point is that Putin took the defeat in Ukrainian affairs as personal offence”. Mr. Dakhna believes that some statements of Zhirinovskiy and Luzhkov are intolerable, that the Russian mass-media under the control of the authoritarian authorities consider the independence of the
Every year a relatively large number of Ukrainians goes to Europe and
At the same time the Ukrainians who go to earn in
So, Igor Gnat, director of the Regional Center of Social Adaptation (Lviv), told frightening stories related to xenophobia of the civilized
The journalistic competition was invented by Maria Rybakova, representative of the fund in
It turned out to be very difficult to put the information on the competition on internet-portals for free, although Maria tried to explain that the fund does not receive any income from this. On the contrary, the fund incured all expenses. Therefore the information could only be placed on three sites in
The competition entries were very different: poverty issues, working migration and migration for personal reasons. The journalists touched many aspects of migration: psychological, juridical and economical. Maria confesses: “I know how difficult it is to communicate with migrants and to take an interview with them. I myself did that more than once. And with old people and veterans. You communicate and have the most tears. When you listen, this is such an enormous burden on the psyche of a journalist that not everyone has the courage to do so. Because it is much easier to write about fashion, cosmetics, but that is not real journalism. Journalists who deal with that usually get very little laurels. I am glad that we succeeded to encourage and motivate them to further professional feats.”
I dispatched for the competition articles that were published on the site of the Center for Interethnic Cooperation (“Believe it, don’t be afraid, come”, “Tolerance among youths – why and how”, “Seliger training on tolerance”). I received 500 Euros for the third place, Ekaterina Pospelova from Nizhniy Novgorod 1000 Euros for the second, and Anne Faisova from
At the same time, a brochure will be published until January with all articles in the competition in two languages. Maria Rybakova said: “It can be shown to other journalists to further our common cause to attract more journalists who can take part in our seminar and competition next year, so that the network can multiply and grow and we get to other regions because in
According to the words of the organizers of the seminar, probably in 2010 will be a similar seminar, only education and not get-not-know, and a photo exhibition on the topic of migration. It may also be held a similar journalistic competition.
I think on this seminar took place an important meeting of journalists of different countries and cities who are interested in the same social topic. It is becoming, unfortunately, even more actual due to the fact that in