MEDIA AND DIVERSITY

As a key tool of public communication, media is a crucial factor for enabling pluralism and intercultural dialogue, increasing levels of tolerance, and encouraging intercommunity cooperation. By disseminating manipulative messages, promoting fear and hostility and spreading negative stereotypes, media can also hamper any integration efforts. Therefore, by examining the structural and cognitive projection of diversity in media, the research aims to identify and reflect upon successful practices of and challenges to societal cohesion within plural cultural societies. With the assumption that a dialogue needs two active parties, the research looks at both (1) the behaviour of the official (majority) public media regarding minorities and the protection of minority rights through the media policies, and (2) the role of minority media outlets in fostering or impeding societal cohesion.

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