Migrant Voice Director Nazek Ramadan is speaking at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum, which is taking place June 13-15 in Bonn, Germany. The Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum, now in its ninth year, is Germany's international congress which addresses the role of media in politics and civil society. Focusing on a variety of hot topical issues, the conference draws over 2,000 experts in the fields of journalism, digital media, politics, culture, business, development, academia and civil society from all over the world. The Global Media Forum is a platform for the discussion and creation of ideas on media trends, foreign policy and their impact on helping overcome the challenges of global development.
Nazek will be speaking at the session: Distortions in migrant reporting – striving towards a realistic picture. The session will look at how migration is reported in the context of the public and political focus on refugee and migration policy. In particular the session will look at whether mainstream media adequately represent narratives from the migrants' perspectives, or frequently perpetuate typical stereotypes of migrants and refugees. In order to create a coherent dialogue, a diverse representation of migrants and refugees in mainstream media is needed. What seems to be missing is their voices in the media. The session aims to address the following questions: How are refugees and forced migrants being portrayed in the media in different world regions? How can migrants become actively involved in the shaping of public discourse? The session will also present examples of innovative new projects created by migrants which allow their voices to be heard.