As a result of the ongoing conflicts in Syria and Iraq and the atrocities being committed against civilians, many people have been forced to flee their homes and move to new areas, thereby changing the balance of the host communities and sometimes creating ethnic and religious tension.
In this crisis situation, the media play a key role both in influencing citizens' behaviour and in resolving conflicts, but can also be used to exacerbate any inter-community disputes.
Launched by CFI and the SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom (run by the Samir Kassir Foundation), the 'Naseej' project – 'Naseej' meaning 'weaving' in Arabic – calls on the media to restore and maintain a balanced and peaceful debate focusing on these issues.
Chief editors and influential journalists in Lebanon, Syria and Ira.
This appraisal will consist of 3 parts:
These workshops and meetings will aim to:
This appraisal and these meetings and workshops will make it possible for a practical glossary to be drawn up for presenting non-discriminatory terminology and allowing certain terms to be better understood. This glossary will be sent to journalists in the region and also to the main journalism schools.
In addition, a prize will be awarded to one or more published/broadcast articles or reports focusing on issues relating to diversity and contributing to the values of inclusion, openness and dialogue.
How is religious, cultural and ethnic diversity reflected in the Iraqi media? Does each media outlet have its own editorial policy on religious, cultural and ethnic diversity?
The closing of the Naseej project in Beirut on 18 and 19 October 2017 brought together more than 50 participants from Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan and Bahrain, including many nominees for the Naseej Prize.
As part of the closing seminar of the project in October, CFI and the Samir Kassir Foundation came together to award the Naseej Prize, which is given to the best article or report on a subject relating to cultural and ethnic diversity in Iraq, Syria or Lebanon.