Támogatott projektek

Project title Opre Roma! Community communication and advocacy
Project code NCTA-2013-4192-M1
Thematic area Human rights and democracy
Name of the organization Romani Press Centre
Postal address 1095 Budapest, Mester u. 40-44/a
Phone +3630-3159995
E-mail suriszilvi@gmail.com
Webpage https://www.facebook.com/RomaSajtokozpontRomaPressCenter?fref=ts
Project manager Suri Szilvia
Project timeframe September 2nd, 2013 - September 2nd, 2015
Amount of support 99,548 €

Roma civil organizations are weaker in Hungary while anti-Roma sentiments grown stronger. General problems of Roma communities in housing, education, employment etc. are not improved and bagatelized. Aims: obtaining considerable publicity for news concerning Roma people; to provide more content concerning activities of Roma community; strengthening communities for the representation of communities’ interests. Achievements: strengthened Roma self-consciousness, improved ability to represent interests; the voice of Roma is heard more effectively in press, public discussions and the social media; created strong influence on political and public discussions; major society will have a more objective picture; prejudices decreased towards non-Roma people. Activities: RPC capacity building; Community journalism; Roma communities development; Local media roundtables; Social campaigns. Target group: Roma and non-Roma people. RPC is cooperating with the largest local Roma movement.

The aim is the profile amendment and capacity improvement of the RSK (Romani Press Centre)
Improvement of the lobby power, social representation and communications of the local Roma organizations of the Ide tartozunk! Roma Közösségi Hálózat (Here we belong! Romani Community Network)
• Creation of dominant publicity for news related to the Romani people,
• Community content provision,
• Community development activities
New internet portal of RSK
Romani community journalism
Trainings for the central and county groups and members of the ”Ide tartozunk!” network
Lobbying and social campaigns
Improvement of Romani publicity
Expected results:
• We enhance the improvement of healthy Romani consciousness and the enforcement of interests
• forth their voice and receive an intensified publicity in the community communications, press and social media
• We have a strong effect on social and political communication,
• Prejudice on behalf of the non Romani people can be reduced by our activity as well

• Title of the project
Opre Roma! Community communication and advocacy

•Location/geographical coverage of the project
Hungary, disadvantaged regions, settlements

•Short summary
The main objective of the Roma Press Center (RPC) is to establish the media background for Roma-related news, by preparing news and articles in the printed and online media, by fact-finding materials, and by short videos, contributing to the real and balanced Roma media image and also to the objective view on the Roma communities, which can shape the public's image of Roma. We want to put into the mainstream media the problem of racial discrimination, segregation and the exclusion of Roma.

oWhat is the aim of the project
The media image of Roma is not only professional, ethical, or a "question of taste" issue, but also question of Roma exclusion. The news almost exclusively addresses Roma as problems, conflicts, crimes.
The Roma in the media shown as faceless people, communities, they can express their own opinion on the subject very rarely. The selective attention - Roma appear in the news only in specific topics – would lead to significant distortion of the image of Roma.
Moreover, our latest research shows worsening trend in the Hungarian news market. Only in 3.8% of all news minorities appear, and out of this only the one fifth is dealing with Roma. In other countries this proportion is much higher: 11% in Poland, 8% in Great Britain and Spain, 6% in Germany. (FRA 2009, Kriza-Vidra2010).
The image of Roma news is dominated by two issues: crime and politics. The weight of both topics has increased by 1,5-2 times, comparing to the previous research data (which was already high). Roma in the Hungarian media could have relevance, when politicians make decision about them or about Roma-related programs, or when criminal matters are concerned.
The news about the discrimination on the everyday basis has completely disappeared, few articles have been published about the school segregation, discrimination in the field of employment or health. This is also reinforced by vanishing Roma organizations, which had powerful media impact. As a result, all societal norms, which supposed to protect minorities have weakened, and it led to the strengthening of far-right extremist organizations and views.
The public discourse with full of prejudices on Roma is completely dominates everyday life, so politics and media, "soft" stereotypes are not considered important anymore. Such homogenous negative and one-dimensional image of Roma in the media was presented last time before the political transition, at the end of 80’s.
No adequate daily relationships between local Roma communities and the media.
Majority media long for information but have no capacity of knowledge concerning Roma communities based on researches, background and proper context.
The RPC intends to address these problems and improve the local Roma communities’ representation by coherent mobilizing elements built upon the local communities:
-Putting the situation of Hungarian Roma into a wide and proper context by providing the local, the national and international media and institutions with analysis based on researches and background, involving all concerned.
-Enlarging the capacities of the local media and Roma communities by establishing a practical network, canalizing the given info-structure to the widest publicity and creating a more refined Roma-image.

oWhat are the main activities?
Improvement of the lobby power, social representation and communications of the local Roma organizations of the Ide tartozunk! Roma Közösségi Hálózat (Here we belong! Romani Community Network)
• Creation of dominant publicity for news related to the Romani people,
• Community content provision,
• Community development activities

Trainings for the central and county groups and members of the ”Ide tartozunk!” network
Lobbying and social campaigns
Improvement of Romani publicity
• We enhance the improvement of healthy Romani consciousness and the enforcement of interests
• forth their voice and receive an intensified publicity in the community communications, press and social media
• We have a strong effect on social and political communication,
• Prejudice on behalf of the non Romani people can be reduced by our activity as well

oBudget
28 947 600 HUF
99 548,13 EUR

•Are there any stakeholders/partners involved (If yes, who are they?)

Ide tartozunk! Roma Közösségi Hálózat (Here we belong! Romani Community Network). All in all we have more than 50 activists from all over the country.

•What are the (expected) results/impacts
The local element will help to mobilize Roma communities, better media-connections and make local media consider Roma leaders as primer source of information, the capacity of both shall improve and local media’s Roma-representation shall be more nuanced. Indicator: number of releases, number of connections.
Our project will help to deepen the knowledge of Hungarian media, to see the affairs of local Roma more balanced that, in a proper context shall mobilize the public too.

•Concrete achievements so far
1. New website with daily fresh content
2. Strengthened relations with the mainstream publishing houses - 2-3 reports/week is published in national media
3. Here we belong! network is built, 50 activists is involved in community journalism
4. Communication training to activists 7 times, with participants from the capital and the country side.
5. Organizing a national level event (Roma Pride Day)- The event generated large media reflection, it was the biggest and most visible Roma happening in the past 20 years. The event itself was not against something, did not have 'negative' rhetoric but approached on a positive way, a demonstration for equality, human dignity, roma identity and culture. According to media estimations approx 2000 participants were present.
6. Mobilizing campaigns for elections: Roma vagyok, magyar választópolgár! (I am Roma, a Hungarian elector citizen!)

•Communication/outreach strategy
Our project based on communication. RPC considers both Roma and non-Roma people as a potential target group. We have been publishing our news and reports in the mainstream media since the establishment of RPC, to reach as many people as possible. The good relationship with the mainstream editorial offices can ensure the publication of the products of the RPC. It is also important that some colleagues, who were previously working for the RPC as colleague or trainee, are working today in significant editorial offices in high level positions.
During their existence the Roma Press Center have published over 4,000 Roma-related news 80% of which were printed in national daily papers, and 100% published on the Internet.

All the reports, articles of Romani Press Center since October, 2013.

14 short films were produced, uploaded and distributed on youtube channels. More then 5000 people saw these films, two were featured in the mainstream media(VS.hu, Magyar Narancs online).

Short films
Court procedure against the organizer of a roma flashmob
Roma Pride Day - Varga Erika
Roma Pride Day - Schull Zoltán Báró
Roma Pride Day - Setét Jenő
Roma Pride Day - Dógi János
Roma Pride Day - Oláh József Pöli
Roma Pride Day - speech of Setét Jenő
Roma Pride Day - speech of Szalay István
Roma Pride Day - speech of Horváth Aladár
Roma Pride Day - speech of Jónás Amália
The other side of a news - the story in Szendrő
„Vastag krumpli" from street Tűzoltó
The establishment session of the Hungarian Roma Party's Budapest branch
Only those know, who own

Selected list of the most read articles (Hungarian titles and where they published):

Perel a Jobbik a konyári ügy miatt – adta közre az Index cikkünket
Százezereket követel a Jobbik a konyári videó miatt – adta hírül a HVG is
Falopás bántalmazással – ki ütött kit Szendrőn videónk a VS.hu-n
„Vastag krumpli” a Tűzoltó utcából – Hajléktalanoknak főztek a ferencvárosi cigányok - videónk a magyarnarancs.hu-n
Bejuthat-e valaha roma párt a parlamentbe? – elemzésünk a hvg.hu-n,
Mégis nyomoznak a Konyárra kitérő focidrukkerek ellen – írta az origo az RSK alapján
Mégis nyomoznak a Bukarest felé egy roma többségű iskolánál megálló szurkolók ügyében – hozta le hírünket a 444 is
Ügyészség vizsgálja az Új Magyar Gárdát – tájékoztatott a VS.hu az RSK alapján
Bárkiből lehet roma szavazó – ezzel a címmel vette át anyagunkat az Index
Önt is beregisztrálhatják a kisebbségi választásra – írta az [origo] a Roma Sajtóközpont híre alapján
Álképviselők gyűjtenek adatokat közmunkásoktól – adta hírül a Népszava is
RSK: a kisebbségi regisztráció a választójog megszűntéig szól – címmel dolgozta fel anyagunkat a VS.hu
Farkas Flóriánék kihátráltak a nemzetiségi regisztráció mögül? – adta hírül az Index az RSK nyomán
Milyen fél éve áram nélkül élni? – szolnoki riportunk a hvg.hu-n,

Follow-up reports/articles of the Romani Press Center's news:

Veszélyben a választások tisztasága a TASZ szerint – jött le a VS.hu-n, korábbi cikkünk nyomán
Nem hatja meg a romákat a nemzetiségi regisztráció (HVG online)
Választás 2014 – trükköznek a roma szavazatokkal (VS.hu)

Active Facebook presence

•Bilateral aspects (if any)
None

•Contact details
romasajtokozpont.hu
romasajtokozpont@gmail.com

 

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