A number of representatives of organizations working with migrants, professionals, state officials as well as volunteers helping refugees participated in the conference Volunteering and migration – from good to the best stories took place in Ljublana on 11th and 12th […]
A number of representatives of organizations working with migrants, professionals, state officials as well as volunteers helping refugees participated in the conference Volunteering and migration – from good to the best stories took place in Ljublana on 11th and 12th May 2017.
The main aim of the conference was sharing the experience and good practice of working volunteers to provide assistance to refugees and migrants coming to Europe. The participants shared methods of work with volunteers (mentoring, field work) as well as its limits. The parcitipants focused on the period of so-called refugee crisis, which showed that more systemic approach is neccessary to prepare volunteers for the difficult work in the field as well as for possible stressful situations.
The conference was opened with a note of Anica Mikuš Kos, president of the Slovene Philantrophy. Nataša Sip from the Representation of the European Commission introduced a European database of volunteers and introduced a concept how to work with registered volunteers in the European countries. Initiatives from Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary then showed good practices and shared challenges of organizing volunteer work in their countries. A summary of good practices will be an outcome of the conference.
Prague, 30 January 2017 PRESS RELEASE On 26th and 27th January, an international conference on the role of media, journalists and propaganda during the so-called refugee crisis took place in Prague’s conference centre Evropský dům. The conference was attended by […]
On 26th and 27th January, an international conference on the role of media, journalists and propaganda during the so-called refugee crisis took place in Prague’s conference centre Evropský dům. The conference was attended by approximately a hundred participants, consisting of professionals, politicians, journalists, students, pedagogues or state officials working with migrants.
The leading topic of the conference were the underlying reasons of massive anti-refugee propaganda in the country affected so little by the refugee crisis. The conference also touched upon the issues of hatred towards muslims or non-governmental organizations and the impact of such propaganda on public opinion.
Firstly, Tomáš Lindner from Respekt and Martin Biben from Hospodářské noviny presented examples of professional and unprofessional journalist work on refugee-related topics. Subsequently, similar initiatives from various European countries were introduced, among them initiatives from Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Poland or Lithuania. Together the participants elaborated on the possibility to change the media discourse and tried to discuss an effective tool for this purpose. Means and parametres of objective media coverage of refugees and the advantages or cooperation among the EU countries in the questions of migration and asylum were another major topic.
The conference was preceded by an introduction of the European report „Pushed Back at the Door – Denial of Access to Asylum in Eastern EU Member States“ on 25th January, which triggered a debate about unlawful factual denial of the right to seek asylum in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia and Bulgaria. The analysis was a result of research of Bulgarian Helsinki Committee, Czech Organization for Aid to Refugees, Hungarian Helsinki Committee, Polish Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights and Slovenian Legal Information Center for NGOs. All organizations are members of ECRE, a European umbrella organization for refugees, which has been closely monitoring the events of the so-called refugee crisis.
Contact: JUDr. Martin Rozumek, director of OPU; tel: 731 170 885
The role of media, journalists and propaganda in the refugee crisis (Let´s name it) The sad reality of the so called refugee crisis in the Central Europe and Baltic States is the fact that there is a huge refugee crisis and […]
The role of media, journalists and propaganda in the refugee crisis
(Let´s name it)
The sad reality of the so called refugee crisis in the Central Europe and Baltic States is the fact that there is a huge refugee crisis and hysteria without almost any refugees physically present in the region, Islamophobia on the sharp rise but without Muslims being here and plenty of politicians happily playing the role of our saviours gaining significant support from less informed but very frightened citizens. In fact, the refugee issue has become the main hope of irresponsible politicians for future election gains putting aside all the real problems of our societies ranging from widespread corruption, terrible demographic prognosis, stagnating quality of education and health care or enviromental problems. Furthermore, the propaganda targetting always refugees, the EU, Angela Merkel,
Muslims, NGOs and the USA created negative attitudes of the general public towards the solidarity and cooperation of national states as well as within the European Union, NATO and United Nations.
In the two days long conference taking place in Prague from 26 and 27 January 2017 in the European House, Jungmannova street 24, we will take a look at the work of media and journalist during and after the refugee crisis, we will explore what the experts and CSOs can do for journalists and media to make their outputs more balanced and how to loudly name and address the growing problem of propaganda and political populism playing tricky games with myths and facts surrounding the issue of migration. We will also look at how internal political actors are using this media discourse for making their populist arguments more
visible and ‘rational’. The urgent questions are the following: What are the key alternatives for such a negative and one-single sided media response? Are there any good examples, how independent media channels apply (or should apply) ethical protocols while covering issues of our concern? Or are there any other effective instruments for reshaping media discourses in our region?
A side event on 25 January will bring to Prague (European House, 1 pm) key civil society organisations acting in the field of refugee protection in Central Europe, most of them member agencies of ECRE – the European Council on Refugees and Exiles. They will present their brand new report concerning the unlawful practice
of push-backs (refoulement) of refugees at the external borders of the EU in Central Europe as well as highlight some of deterrence measures applied vis-a-vis the people in need of protection such as detention or prolongation of the RSD procedures. Please confirm your registration at firstname.lastname@example.org A valid ID with picture
will be required at the entrance door to the konference. The conference language is English only.
Agenda: Thursday 26 January 1.0 Opening Statements, Martin Rozumek, Organisation for Aid to Refugees (OPU) Assessment of media coverage of the refugee crisis in the Czech Republic and in Slovakia –Adéla Jurečková, People in Need Foundation, Prague, Zuzana Kepplová, SME, Slovakia 1.40 Talk Decoded – Dr. Anna Szilagyi — Language Matters: the Constructions of the Refugee Crisis in Political and Media Discourses in Hungary 2.10 Discussion 2.20 – 2.30 Break 2.30 Presenting the facts – avoiding myths surrounding refugees, how CSOs and experts could support journalists in their work, Tomáš Lindner, Respekt and Martin Biben, Hospodářské noviny 3.10 Overview of public attitudes in the Czech Republic and possible recipies against blackpainting of refugees and migrants – Pavel Fischer, STEM, and Magda Faltová, SIMI 3.40 The medias manic-depression in covering the refugees crisis or how we failed to do our job Clemens Neuhold, Profil, Austria 4.10 Discussion
Friday 27 January 10.00 Mysterious concerned citizens and anti-propaganda efforts in Lithuania”. Daiva Repečkaité , People of Change Foundation, Malta 10.30 Czech state and non-state responses towards the propaganda – Jakub Janda, Think-tank European Values 11.00 What is Russia´s new hybrid warfare and how important is the role of propaganda? The example of the Lisa-Case from Germany, Steffen Dobbert, Zeit Online editor, Germany 11.30 Discussion, Q and A 12.00 Break with „chlebíčky“ /Snack and refreshment 12.30 What can we do for better future? Are there any other effective instruments for reshaping media discourses in our region? How EU citizens can be objectively informed about refugees and the advantages of EU cooperation in the asylum and migration agenda. An overview of views, good ideas and initiatives from the participants from various countries:
Slovenia, Croatia, Slovakia, Poland, Lithuania, 14.00 Farewell and end of the conference
Sixty experts, scholars, students and professionals from 11 countries mostly from Central and Eastern Europe gathered in Budapest on 3 and 4 November to address effects of the “refugee crisis” on the radical and mainstream politics, recent trends of public […]
Sixty experts, scholars, students and professionals from 11 countries mostly from Central and Eastern Europe gathered in Budapest on 3 and 4 November to address effects of the “refugee crisis” on the radical and mainstream politics, recent trends of public attitudes to refugees in the region and civil and grassroots responses to the rise of radical nationalism in Central European countries. The event was organised by the Foundation of Subjective Values from Budapest in frame of the project called “Debating New Phenomena of Refugee Migration in Central Europe” (DRM), which is a Central European initiative coordinated by OPU – Organisation for Aid to Refugees. Some of the most worrying trends discussed in the conference included the unwillingness to prosecute and sanction hate crime and hate speech, xenophobia and Islamphobia frequently expressed and exploited by politicians as well as attacks on Muslim and other minorities in our countries well manifested in the “Map of anti-migrant violence, hatred and sentiment in Europe” presented by ENAR. On the other hand, the experts presented a number of examples of good projects and campaigns to address the growing nationalism in Central Europe. The next international conference under the DRM Central Europe project will take a look at the role of media, journalists and propaganda and will take place in Prague on 26 and 27 January 2017.
More than 2000 volunteers joined humanitarian organization Slovene Philanthropy with one goal – to help numerous refugees on their way through Slovenia. The need to do something and not just watch the humanitarian crisis that literally knocked on their doors […]
More than 2000 volunteers joined humanitarian organization Slovene Philanthropy with one goal – to help numerous refugees on their way through Slovenia. The need to do something and not just watch the humanitarian crisis that literally knocked on their doors activated a powerful force of people from all around Slovenia.
“After the arrival of refugees in September, we have established a database of people who not only want to help on the field, but are also willing to host the refugees in their homes, invite them for dinner etc.” explains Tereza Novak, executive director of Slovene Philanthropy. “New volunteers are contacting us daily, therefore there are enough volunteers to go on the field. Furthermore, there are people who are on the waiting list to work on the field, so we are not afraid that their help will run out.”
How can I help? When is the training for volunteers? Do you have any special needs tomorrow? Where can I bring the items that we have collected for the refugees? I am going to the border with my own car and I can give a ride to four more people. We are driving from Switzerland/Germany/Spain with a lorry full of clothing and shoes and volunteers – where can we help? These are the things that are communicated daily. People just cannot stay away, if they know that almost 150 000 people have already came through Slovenia.
The headquarter to coordinate volunteers all around Slovenia is located in a small office at the premises of Slovene Philanthropy. With all the important numbers and timetables on the walls, with phones constantly ringing and people talking and typing on computers, you feel the commotion but at the same time also the good energy. People working, including volunteers, know that their work is important and meaningful.
When volunteers accompany refugees to the doctors they get the opportunity to hear a part of their stories. Otherwise volunteers sort and distribute food and clothing, clean and prepare the centers for new groups of refugees, bring hot water for the babies and very important – help finding the missing family members. And the list continues. “There are so many sad stories that we do not get the opportunity to hear or even dare to ask, but we get so many friendly looks and “thank yous” that you never hesitate to get back,” explains Eva, a volunteer from a small village near Šentilj, where the biggest reception centre is set up. She is on the field for more than two weeks now and her help is essential when new volunteers arrive. If they are properly guided and coordinated, things run very smoothly.
Slovene Philanthropy has been hence a very active to involve local volunteer coordinators who are in contact with all the organizations on the field. Volunteers are present in all the centers where refugees have been staying. “Help from the volunteers and coordinated work of the humanitarian and other non-governmental organization is essential for further improvements in the important work we all are doing” says Tereza Novak.
Slovene Philanthropy was established in 1992 when numerous refugees came from Bosnia and Herzegovina and many experts and philanthropists came together and volunteered to help the refugees. Slovene Philanthropy is umbrella organization for volunteering in Slovenia and has been working with migrants for the past 23 years.
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