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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 2 July 2016
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 2 JULY 2016 7 NEWS Experts advise media to hire more migrants The recommendation was one of many put forward at the inaugural National Conference on Media, Migration and Integration last month to combat misrepresentation PHOTO: AAP VIA AP/JANE DEMPSTER. Australian media organisations are being urged to recruit more journalists from new and emerging migrant communities in a bid to combat "thinly-veiled racism and misrepresentation in mainstream media". The recommendation was among a series of actions proposed at the inaugural National Conference on Media, Migration and Integration, co-hosted in Melbourne last month by Africa Media Australia and the National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters Council (NEMBC). "In light of recent statements from new ABC boss Michelle Guthrie to create more diversity at the national broadcaster, it may be the right time for commercial media to realise that it's imperative for their viability that they address the diversity issue," said the NEMBC's chief executive officer, Russell Anderson, adding that diversity in the media is about more than just representation on the screen and in newspapers. "It's about the stories that get told, the issues that get covered, the voices that get heard. It's about creating a range of voices, accents, languages, and, most importantly, values," he said. The two-day event was opened by Victoria's Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Robin Scott and featured presentations by some of Australia's most influential social justice campaigners, including World Vision CEO Tim Costello, chairman of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission John Searle, and Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs Inga Peulich. Among the recommendations for increasing accurate representation of migrant communities were the appointment of a diversity officer, running regular forums to maintain communication between media and new migrant communities, the creation of social media forums to promote multicultural media representation, and training existing journalists on diversity and cultural competency, among various others. Africa Media Australia's Clyde Sharady said that while most of the recommendations had been proposed before, highlighting them again would help media bosses overcome "the culture of thinly-veiled racism and misrepresentation" that often clouds their coverage of new and emerging migrant communities, often hindering the perception of them. "Most of these actions have been proposed before, but to have them all laid out as a single blueprint provides a ground-breaking opportunity for media organisations that really care about equality and social justice to start addressing these issues in a coherent way," he said. Justice for Cyprus In a bid to reclaim justice for the ongoing 42-year Turkish occupation of Cyprus since 1974, the Justice for Cyprus Committee SEKA has organised an anti-occupation gathering. Taking place later this month on Sunday 24 July, the day will commence with a memorial service for the fallen and prayer for the missing persons at the Cathedral of The Annunciation of Our Lady in Redfern at 10.00 am, and will be followed by a trisagion at 1.30 pm. After the service, a march will commence at 2.15 pm via Castlereagh Street, and will conclude at the Sydney Town Hall in the CBD. An anti-occupation gathering will then follow in Stanmore at the Cyprus Community of NSW at 3.30 pm, where speeches will be made by prominent figures of the community as part of a cultural program. To ensure easy access to the event, free buses have been organised from the Cyprus Community Club to Martin Place, which will be leaving between 12 noon and 12.45 pm, with return buses departing from the corner of George and Bathurst Streets. For more information, please contact the Cyprus Community of NSW on (02) 9557 1256. The Lyres of Greece The Pancretan Association of Melbourne, together with the Central Pontian Association of Melbourne 'Pontiaki Estia', both have a deep history in preserving their culture and traditions through music, dance, song, theatre and language. This time they have decided to go one step further by hosting an event that will involve the cross culture and the similarities that exist between the Lyres of Greece, including Crete, Pontos, Drama and Constantinople. The music and dance concert is titled The Lyres of Greece and will include international artists Serafim Marmaridis (Pontian lyra, vocals) from Thessaloniki and Grigoris Paragioudakis (lute, vocals) from Crete, together with local artists Sifis Tsourdalakis (Cretan lyra, vocals), Giorgos Sevastopoulos (Pontian lyra), George Kyriakidis (lyra Dramas), Patrick Montgommery (Politiki lyra), Kostas Kirkotsios (guitar), Sofia Karagianidou (vocals), Giorgos Athanasakos (oud), Dimitris Tzombanopoulos (percussion), Stefanos Eleftheriadis (drums). The dance groups that will showcase the regions include Pontiaki Estia, Pancretan, Florina Aristotelis and Periklis. The concert will take place on Sunday 10 July at the Christine Strachan Theatre, Bakers Road, South Oakleigh at 5.00 pm. All proceeds from the event are going towards the George Treloar Memorial in Ballarat for the Pontian genocide as well as the multimedia systems at the Arkadi Monastery for the 150th anniversary. For tickets and information please contact Tony Tsourdalakis on 0419 856 736 or Litsa Athanasiadis on 0421 804 968.
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