Social inclusion, Migration

#ManjšineNaMreži/#MinoritesOnLine

Community media internet portal connecting ethnic communities from former Yugoslavia in Slovenia

Creators

Who is behind this?

SKC Danilo Kiš

SKC Danilo Kiš

http://www.dkis.si

Slovenia

Idea

Idea pitch

By creating a community internet media and developing journalistic skills among members of ex Yugoslav communities, the project aims to give voice to the different ethnic communities of ex Yugoslavia in Slovenia. On the local level project increases visibility of minority languages and encourages vulnerable groups to talk about their hardships, needs, wishes, experiences, achievements and everyday life. The minority groups are empowered to confront discrimination and marginalization.

Where will your project idea take place?

In the local communities from former Yugoslavia in different regions in Slovenia.

What is the local challenge?

Slovenia has been the target destination of thousands of migrants from the other ex-Yugoslav republics. Although, according to international standards members of former Yugoslav nations could be identified as national minorities, the country of Slovenia is not prepared to grant them the status. In that way, basic human rights: right to their own language and media, right to be taken into consideration in public discourses and practices, were denied to a large number of Slovenian citizens.
An especially traumatic event in the history of Slovenia is the erasure of 25671 permanent residents, members of other Yugoslav nations, from the state registers in the 1990s, after Slovenia had declared independence. The damage done to the erased citizens of Slovenia hasn’t been rectified to this day.

How does your idea strengthen democracy and active citizenship at a local and community level?

By creating a community internet media and developing journalistic skills among members of ex Yugoslav communities in Slovenia, the project aims to give voice to the members of different ethnic communities of ex Yugoslavia. We want to connect members of ex YU communities, empower and encourage them through multilingual and multicultural community media to speak for themselves. The project will introduce minority journalism and civic journalism which enables the citizens to influence media representation and consequently, the changes in society and their own social inclusion. On the local level project will increase visibility of minority languages, give the voice to the vulnerable groups and to their hardships, needs, wishes, experiences, achievements, everyday life.

Who are you doing it for?

The main target groups:
- members of ex- Yugoslav ethnic communities (around 200 000 inhabitants). The ex Yugoslav communities are ethnically and linguistically different (Albanians, Croatians, Bosnians, Montenegrins and Serbs) but they face the same problems in Slovenia since they are not recognized by law as ethnic minorities.
-local ex YU informal and internet groups and NGOs trying to achieve greater visibility of their members and fight against the prevailing stereotypes
-seasonal and migrants workers from ex Yugoslavia
-local authorities throughout Slovenia
-state authorities and decision makers
-media companies
-the public in Slovenia and the EU interested in minority and migrant issues.

How do you plan to get there?

1. setting up the web portal with all necessary applications: video, audio stream, blog, podcast.
2. establishing editorial board of media experts and activists in the field of minorities rights
3. engaging media workers. Editors, journalists and authors, producers, video and audio editors of the portal are minority members and migrants who had been professional journalists from before or finished school of journalism within the framework of SCCDK.
4. organizing media skills trainings for new media workers and CSOs: workshops, terrain work, individual trainings
5. producing media contributions, a series of written, radio and documentary features, reports and interviews with a podcast on minority topics prepared by the members of minority groups themselves and publishing on the portal

What are the expected results?

The result is creation of an internet multilingual and multicultural community media which is produced by minority groups, about minority groups and for minority groups and general public.
The goal is to enable direct influence on media representations and the change of traditional and stereotyped perception about the ex Yugoslav minorities and migrants within the wider public on one hand, and the contribution to social inclusion of minorities and migrants through the development of journalistic skills, participation in cultural production and dialogue and interaction with the other cultures and the dominant culture on the other hand.
The minority groups will be empowered to confront the mechanisms of discrimination and marginalization with personal contribution in media production.

How does your initiative contribute to strengthening democracy in Europe?

Our project will contribute to strengthening democracy in the following ways: by promoting direct participation in media production and intercultural dynamics, it is hoped to foster solidarity, tolerance and acceptance for minorities and migrants in majority population. It will provide an opportunity for multiculturalism, ethnic diversity, encounters and comparisons of different cultures and will rise public awareness on problems of integration. On the other hand, minorities and migrants will be able to advocate their basic democracy rights on the legal equality of their own languages and media in their own languages and will have an opportunity to engage their culture in an equal dialogue and continuous interaction with other cultures and with the dominant culture.

What is your story?

The project is continuation of our previous initiatives dedicated to the minorities and vulnerable groups’ rights. As representatives of Serbian ethnic minority in Slovenia, we are well aware of underestimation and non- recognition of ethnic groups and transgression of this attitudes to the new wave of migrants from Middle East. Among other things, on the example of minorities from the ex Yugoslavia contributions to the Slovenian society, we wish to emphasize how current migrations from the Middle East also could have a positive influence on Slovenian society.
Slovenia always was an important passage: from the east to west, from the Balkans to Europe, from one country to another, from one culture to another, from one language to another- we would like to help in sustaining that position

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Civic Europe

€ 50000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Personnel costs: staff, external professionals, authors- 30 000 eur
Design and technical maintenance of web portal- 6000 eur
Travel and accommodation costs- 2000 eur
Public relations- 2000 eur
Office expenses- 3000 eur
Workshops- 7000 eur

What do you need from the Civic Europe community?

We would like to hear about similar projects and initiatives and to receive feedback of our project quality, appropriateness of our project for this call, possible suggestions and advices for improvement.

Team

skc danilo kiš

Biljana

Idea created on May 25, 2020
Last edit on May 26, 2020

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