To take action on how the media deal with religious and ethnic issues, in order to contribute to maintaining a balanced and peaceful debate, and to diffusing inter-community and inter-faith tension in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.
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As a result of the ongoing conflicts in Syria and Iraq and the atrocities being committed against civilians, many people have been forced to flee their homes and move to new areas, thereby changing the balance of the host communities and sometimes creating ethnic and religious tension.
In this crisis situation, the media play a key role both in influencing citizens' behaviour and in resolving conflicts, but can also be used to exacerbate any inter-community disputes.

Launched by CFI and the SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom (run by the Samir Kassir Foundation), the 'Naseej' project – 'Naseej' meaning 'weaving' in Arabic – calls on the media to restore and maintain a balanced and peaceful debate focusing on these issues.

It is being funded by the Crisis and Support Centre (CDCS) of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs.

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"In the context of everyday life, we don’t think about the repercussions of our work on society. Sharing experiences is vital and this study enabled us to become aware of the stumbling blocks that are to be avoided if we don’t want to add fuel to the fire."
Montadhar Naser Khadem, chief editor of Alaam Al Jadid (Iraq)

Project beneficiaries

Chief editors and influential journalists in Lebanon, Syria and Ira.


Appraisal of how diversity-related issues are currently being dealt with in the Lebanese, Iraqi and Syrian media

This appraisal will consist of 3 parts:

  • a quantitative part, cataloguing the articles and reports dealing directly or indirectly with this subject, analysing their size and frequency, and ranking the various media groups in terms of how often they focus on the subject;
  • a qualitative part, examining the terminology, semantic field, cultural references and stereotypes, and assessing whether – in the same media outlet – the subject is dealt with differently depending on the pages and departments;
  • a qualitative study of how the public sees this subject being dealt with in the media, by holding focus groups in which the different target groups give their opinions on what is published and broadcast.

Launch of the Naseej Prize

July 18, 2017

Workshops and meetings with chief editors and influential journalists in the target countries

These workshops and meetings will aim to:

  • shed light on their editorial policy – if one exists – regarding this subject;
  • share the main recommendations drawn from the appraisal;
  • identify key people capable of spreading these recommendations.

This appraisal and these meetings and workshops will make it possible for a practical glossary to be drawn up for presenting non-discriminatory terminology and allowing certain terms to be better understood. This glossary will be sent to journalists in the region and also to the main journalism schools.

In addition, a prize will be awarded to one or more published/broadcast articles or reports focusing on issues relating to diversity and contributing to the values of inclusion, openness and dialogue.

Diversity in the Iraqi media?

September 1, 2017

Media perspectives on diversity in Iraq, Lebanon and Syria

November 19, 2017

The 2017 Naseej Prize – two winners

November 24, 2017

Who will fight for justice for the Yazidi women on Mount Sinjar?

January 20, 2018

The future of Mosul, a city stripped of its diversity

January 20, 2018

Perspectives on cultural and religious diversity in Iraq

January 22, 2018

Perspectives on cultural and religious diversity in Syria

January 22, 2018

Perspectives on cultural and religious diversity in Lebanon

January 22, 2018

The post-Daesh fate of Iraqi minorities

January 29, 2018

Lebanon, somewhere between citizenship and sectarianism

February 5, 2018

Christians of the Middle East, persecutions upon persecutions

February 12, 2018

Iraq is emptying of its Christians: the story of a catastrophe

February 19, 2018

A day with the team of voluntary aid workers helping displaced persons

February 22, 2018

Stories of coexistence between two women, one Muslim the other Christian

March 5, 2018

The impossible situation of Iraqi Kakai

March 12, 2018

How to be Kurdish and work in the Arab culture and language

March 19, 2018