Following the successful event held in Amman in September 2019, and despite the travel restrictions due to the pandemic, the Anna Lindh Foundation and UNIMED organised two Intercultural Trends and Media Platform meetings online, the first one on June 9, 2020, titled “Feeling connected during the crisis – media narratives of the Euro-Mediterranean” and the second one on July 8, 2020, titled “Beyond painting pictures and cultivating stereotypes: Media narratives and foreign reporting for dialogue in the EuroMed region”.
The Intercultural Trends and Media Platform is conceived as a space to facilitate the debate among journalists, academics and civil society representatives to exchange reflections on the way media productions and mutual perceptions are changing as a result of the current Covid-19 crisis in the Euro-Mediterranean region. Beside that, it is a space to share ideas on what could be done to minimize the negative consequences of the pandemic on intercultural relations and dialogue.
The two events, both moderated by Leila Ghandi, journalist and founder of the Monaco Impact Women Summit, were attended by around 20 participants from Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia and Turkey.
The outcomes of the Intercultural Trends and Media Platform meetings, already organized or foreseen in the next months, are feeding into the broader process of reflection carried out in 2020 on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Barcelona Process/EuroMed Partnership (launched in 1995) and in view of further strengthening cooperation in the Euro-Mediterranean region.