May 25, 2018

Irish abortion referendum: A divided nation

By Georgia Skandali

“Stop Shaming Women” and “Stop the Slaughter of Babies for Body Parts” are just 2 controversial examples that show what is happening in Ireland right now. The nation is divided, and people have to face a big dilemma, as they are called to vote “yes” or “no” to abortions on today’s referendum.

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June 26, 2016

Alcohol, abuse and unemployment: 20.000 Lithuanian children live at social risk

While the Ministry of Social Security and Labour claims to be investing in social work and employment, the statistics rise a question: why so late? There is an alarming number of families appearing on the social risk list of the country. Around 20.000 children are being raised in these families. ‘The actual number would be even higher, but many children have been taken from their families into large institutional care facilities. However, that is not a good solution as well’, explains Dovilė Šakalienė, Human Rights Expert.

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March 25, 2016

How the lack of sexual education is at the core of anti-LGBT behavior in Lithuania

It is around eight o’clock when a group of women gathers to play their weekly basketball game. This is not so strange in a country where it is more likely to be able to score a three-pointer than to ride a bicycle. Yet, 50% of all Lithuanians think that these women should not necessarily have the same rights as other citizens.

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February 16, 2016

LGBT in Lithuania: Voices of Invisible Humans

Intolerance, harassment and bullying. Urtė is only 17, but she has to carry on the weight of discrimination at school on her shoulders. Matas would have liked to get more support in his family. Božena thinks that villages are in a worse shape than cities. Because Urtė, Matas and Božena are LGBT, they will experience far more difficulties in their daily lives. This investigation gives an insight in the lives of LGBT-people in Lithuania.

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April 28, 2015

Italian Redlight District: grilled windows, silicon breasts and a party

San Berillo, a district in the historical centre of Catania. A district notorious for being the hub of prostitution in the city. And in all honesty, it is still, more than anything else, renowned for being a Redlight District. Most city dwellers don’t step foot in the maze of narrow streets of San Berillo without good reason. It’s dangerous, they say. But in recent months the people of the area have decided to collaborate with a group of associations in order to change this situation. Once a month, on a Sunday, San Berillo comes alive, and the people of Catania all turn out for a big lunch.

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March 30, 2015

From Afghanistan to Catania, Jamal’struggle for peace and happiness

 “Mummy, I’m afraid of bombs. Can we live in the safer place?” four years old Jamal asked his mother. Family decided to move from Afganistan to Iran expecting to find peace. It was 1985.

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November 8, 2014

MEPs vote in favor of new sex work regulation

recent vote at the European Parliament backed a non-binding resolution which calls on member states to criminalise those who buy sex – but not sex workers.

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January 27, 2014

Protests in Turkey show Erdogan’s control over mainstream media

While one of the biggest protests was taking place in Istanbul in decades, the mainstream media turned a blind eye to reporting what was happening in the streets. The major TV channels such as CNN Turk and NTV chose to broadcast a cooking program or a documentary about penguins, instead of showing images of the clashes during which the police used brutal force, and teargas on peaceful protesters that were trying to stop the  demolition of  Gezi Park.

Lorena Martinez

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October 3, 2013

Do British Newspapers Play a Negative Role Covering Immigrants’ Stories?

From Media Diversity Institute an interesting analysis about immigration issues in British media. Articles about immigration have appeared more often in the UK newspapers this year, particularly since curbing immigration became a centrepiece of the government’s policy.

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