26 August 2011, Friday, 17:00

Salia Murzabaeva: “Mass-media should become the guarantor of tolerance and respect for human rights”

author: Marina Shumilova

The 15th festival of journalists “The Whole of Russia-2011” will be held on September 25- October 1 in Krasnodar region. About two thousand mass-media representatives expected to take part in it. The journalist forum’s program includes open debates, presentations of new mass-media projects and master-classes of the leading publicists, professional contests and exhibitions. The conferences will be held with the assistance of the International Organization for Migration and the agency “UNO Women”. The problems of Caucasian region, the problems of migration and integration of migrants and the problem of violence with respect to women will become the main topics, offered for discussion. The master-classes will be devoted to the problems of migration and migration policy of Russia, the international practice of integration and coverage of this problem by mass-media. Well-known scientists, political and public activists will take part in the discussions. The deputy of the State Duma RF, the deputy chairman of the Permanent Commission under the CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly for social policy and human rights Salia Murzabaeva will be one of the invited guests at the forum.

“The problems of migration are very complicated and actual for the country” – Salia Murzabaeva said to the news agency “Bashinform” – “According to the United Nations Organization’s investigations Russia holds the second place in the world by the number of migrants. The problems of legislative regulation of the migration processes and the problems of labor migrants are in the focus of attention of CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly. The role of mass-media is very important in integration of migrants: mass-media should become the guarantor of tolerance and respect for human rights. This problem should become the main one at the journalist forum”.

The problems of vulnerability of the women-migrants in the face of discrimination and violence and the situation with the problem of violence in Russia will be also under discussion at the forum.

“Unfortunately the violence with respect to women, children and elderly people is very wide-spread phenomenon in Russia” – the deputy mentioned – “And observed in this or that form in every fourth family. The problem needs state approach to its solution since the special law, devoted to struggle with domestic violence, is still absent in Russia. The bills “The prevention of violence in families” and “Social-psychological aid for the people, suffering from violence in families” are worked up in Bashkortostan. In July 2011 we’ve discussed these bills at the first forum of the only parliamentary feminine club in Russia. We received positive responses and recommendations of many international organizations on these bills. The discussion has also got wide public response. At the journalist forum we will analyze the existing system of reaction upon the problem with violence and will start talking about the role of mass-media and public organizations in prevention of domestic violence. The work of the parliamentary feminine club has already shown that the all-sided discussion of the acute social problems and bills has paramount importance and should become a norm of public life and the law-making practice. The scales of the themes, facts and events, which are going to be discussed at the forum, go far beyond the interests of just the Russian press. The forum is the discussion site first of all and its participants do hope that the reaction of the authority on the problems discussed will be adequate. I hope the journalist forum will become the site for new ideas and for solution and coverage of the existing social problems”.