Orientation Day – Images of Migrants: Media and its Role in Shaping Public Perception
The Orientation Day proposes to journalists, civil society and community media to: discuss migration trends in India and South Asia; examine the relevance of choices of words and images when narrating stories of migrants (article, film, radio, TV); share their experiences on the empowerment of migrants through their coverage; and ultimately reflect upon their role and responsibility in shaping public perceptions of migrants.
UNESCO and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) believe that the representation of migrants in the media is critical and that media coverage plays a key role in shaping the public perception of migrants. Worldwide, fairness and accuracy in reporting are necessary in order “to combat discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance against migrants and their families by creating greater awareness”, as the UN General Assembly agreed upon in 2013 (Report of the Secretary-General, A/68/190).
With the Orientation Day, UNESCO and IOM jointly want to encourage more media coverage on the diverse images of migrants.