Narrating “the epochal movement of people that is deeply changing countries, cultures and sensitivities”

Valletta, Malta – Public radio and television stations in Mediterranean countries can and should play a key role in properly recounting migration across the Mediterranean, along with their crucial political, social and economic implications. This was the central message that emerged from the 22nd gathering of the COPEAM (Permanent Conference of the Mediterranean audiovisuals), this year held in Valletta.

For two days, about 200 representatives of public radio and television from around the region are debating how to strengthen and increase cooperation among the media to better narrate together the epocal movement of people that is deeply changing countries, cultures and sensitivities.

Opened with the greetings of the Maltese Culture Minister Owen Bonnici, the inaugural session was attended by, among others, the RAI President Anna Maria Tarantola, who is also vice president of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU); COPEAM President Talal el Makdessi; and Maltese PBS TV President Tonio Portuguesa, who organized this 2015 edition of the gathering.

Tarantola recalled the impressive numbers of migrants to the Italian coast, and pointed out, however, that ”behind the numbers there are human beings”. Tarantola thus mentioned the choice made by RAI News to not show ISIS videos in order to avoid feeding the propaganda desired by the terrorists.

The concept was taken up and also reiterated by Mohamed Salem Ould Bouke, managing director of the Islamic Broadcasting Union…

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