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05/15/2012

The world according to the media and Roma


skye:  I came across this and found it an interesting perspective.

"...The relationship of the Roma and the media might be the most complicated one among all minorities, characterised by prejudices and stereotypes. This stereotype has two forms in media. The Roma are being perceived as:
        a) a problem
        B) victims

a) On the one hand, there is information based a priori on prejudices–the Roma as a problem. Journalists write what they think is right, what the majority expects from them...

B) The other pole is the “attempt to help”, that means the perception of the Roma as victims... Here a specific interest... plays its role in order to get further resources in form of grants, positions in various institutions, etc.

The source of information usually is not the field, the real life in the communities, but activists... In front of the donors, they try to present information which they regard as important, and often they present information that is their story, as objective information...."

Roma Press Agency: full article.
http://www.mecem.sk/rpa/?id=media&lang=english&show=22173

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