Media’s crucial role towards cultural integration and diversity in Malta

· Europe, Malta
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Source / Courtesy: Malta Times

From left to right: Asmaa Saleh; Maria Muscat; Claudia Taylor-East; Joe Vella; Laiq Ahmed Atif

 

Director of SOS Malta Claudia Taylor-East said that the main aims of the Media InterAct project being organisation in collaboration with the Public Broadcasting Services was to see how media can engage with third-country nationals on a culinary front.

“PBS will be producing and showing 13 programmes on television to bring food and cultures into Maltese homes. It has been an interesting process to date. We have also collaborated with Malta Journalism Awards to award journalists with writing on the same topic,” Taylor-East said.

One of the main difficulties being experienced by SOS Malta in their research is that it is very difficult to reach journalists and nationals from third-countries due to several barriers but they appear to be enjoying the challenge.

PBS journalist Maria Muscat is producing and directing the 13-episode lifestyle-culinary television programme called “Minn Lenti Interkulturali” of which two episodes have already been recorded.

“I believe that planet Earth along with each and every country should belong to all human beings. Passports should be international. As human beings we should be united through soul, blood and hearts,” Muscat said.

“Just like birds, humans sometimes leave their home countries to find better and safer environments. It can be for various reasons ranging from employment to saving their lives from persecution,” Atif said.

Atif believed that integration was essential for the betterment of countries but it was a two-way process which needed to be respected by both the migrants as well as the host-country.

“Both parties need to respect the dignity of each other and the fundamental human rights. We should accept and respect all races. Migrants must respect and be thankful for the culture, customs and laws of their host-country as a right which when honoured will create harmony,” Atif said.

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