Those are amongst the questions that new research by the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) and World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) Europe will ask in a new year-long project that launched today.
- assess media portrayal and representation of refugees in at least five European countries, including countries of first entry, transit and final country granting asylum;
- engage with media professionals to highlight good practices; and
- develop action plans to promote the rights of refugees to communicate on their own behalf.
CCME’s general secretary Doris Peschke said that helping refugees to speak about their own experience, fears desires and hopes of the future “could help restore their dignity”.
“We are excited to be part of a project which will let refugees speak rather than everyone else speaking about them.”
Refugees Reporting is allied with CCME’s Safe Passage initiative which seeks to respond to the dramatic migration and refugee routes in the Mediterranean, primarily through the sharing of stories by refugees and as a support for advocacy.
WACC Europe’s president Stephen Brown also commended on the project’s launch:
“Media in Europe play a key role in how refugees are currently perceived in our various countries. We want to highlight ways in which media promote the rights of refugees to speak on their own behalf, and to uphold journalistic practices that challenge fears and disinformation.”
More information about the project can be found on a dedicated website.