The role of the media in creating public opinion has been mentioned in “Human Rights of Roma and Travellers in Europe”, a report presented yesterday in Brussels by the Council of Europe’s Human Rights Commissioner, Thomas Hammarberg. In addition to issues such as school segregation, the report also mentions the mass media, which often does not fulfill its role responsibly when reporting on the Romani minority. The report also includes examples of media outlets which do, explicitly mentioning news server Romea.cz.
The Hammarberg report says both new and traditional media play an important role in shaping public opinion, but fail in many European countries, violating their responsibilities by supporting stereotypes about Romani and Traveller people. Instead of listing negative examples, the report mentions those who are contributing a desired change to routine media practice.