Refugees and Communication Rights in Europe
As increasing numbers of people are seeking refuge in Europe, a new project aims to promote the rights of refugees to speak on their own behalf, to assess their portrayal in the media and uphold good journalistic practices, and to raise the visibility of refugee voices and networks.
Launched on 1 December by the World Association for Christian Communication – Europe (WACC Europe) and the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), the project is:
– assessing media portrayal and representation of refugees in at eight European countries, including countries of first entry, transit and final country granting asylum;
– engaging with media professionals to highlight good practices; and
– developing action plans to promote the rights of refugees to communicate on their own behalf.
WACC Europe and CCME are engaged in this joint project to provide analysis and new communication tools to support information exchanges and advocacy for balanced media and public debate.
The project is supported by the Otto per Mille fund (OPM) of the Waldensian Church in Italy, established by the Waldensian Church Synod in 1993 exclusively to support welfare, social and cultural projects. Additional financial support is coming from the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland, Germany, and the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe. Further Cooperation partners are the World Council of Churches and the Conference of European Churches.
More information: http://www.refugeesreporting.eu/press-release-december-2nd/