15 The invisible Europeans

Adrianne Murphy introduces Sally Galiana’s interview with Gabi Muntean, one of the Roma Community Development workers in Pavee Point, the Roma and Traveller Centre. Gabi was one of the researchers for the Roma in Ireland a National Needs Assessment report.

The report has found that up to one-fifth of Roma people surveyed in Ireland are completely marginalised from State services and supports as they are deemed ineligible for medical cards, training and employment schemes, social protection payments and homeless or other supports.

Roma people are living in extreme poverty, in sub-standard and overcrowded accommodation, sometimes without a bathroom, kitchen or cooker and contending with rats, damp and sewerage problems. Service providers reported cases of malnutrition among young Roma children, while a further 60% of Roma respondents reported being consistently poor.

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Amid a troubling global context – the dehumanisation of migration policy, a decline in sensitive to human life and human rights, a rise in Islamophobic and xenophobic speech, the commercialisation of journalism – more than 150 European radio outlets and nearly 1,300 journalists from the eight RESPECT WORDS partner countries  represented by IPI (Austria), Radio Dreyeckland (Germany), ERT (Greece), Civil Radio (Hungary), Near FM (Ireland), Radio Popolare (Italy), Radio Student (Slovenia) and the project coordinator EMARTv (Spain) have joined together to help strengthen media coverage of migrants and minorities, an indispensable tool in the fight against hate speech.

Under the theme “Ethical Journalism against Hate Speech”, the RESPECT WORDS project focuses on the need to rethink the way in which media outlets and journalists cover issues related to migration and ethnic and religious minorities. As part of the project, each partner is producing a series of 20 programmes exploring how media deals with migration and minorities in each partner country.