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Jewish, Muslim and Arab industry leaders call for support

New social media guidance and diversity monitoring criteria among recommendations from FTVC research.

Industry leaders have called for mandatory Islamophobia and antisemitism training, social media guidance, and a recognition of Jewish identity in ethnic diversity monitoring in the wake of the Israel-Hamas war, Broadcast can reveal.

The recommendations have emerged as part of the Film and TV Charity’s work examining the mental health of Jewish, Muslim and Arab industry workers amid the ongoing war, which is entering its eighth month.

The FTVC has today released a report that breaks down the findings of its winter survey of 397 media workers, along with sets of recommendations from Jewish and Muslim-Arab advisory groups that held a series of roundtables with industry stakeholders in February.

While each group has specific requests pertaining to their lived experience, a number of recommendations are shared between them.

They include: training in antisemitism and Islamophobia as well as religious and cultural literacy; the recognition of antisemitism and Islamophobia in EDI programmes and unconscious bias training; updating diversity monitoring criteria to include religious identity, and the Jewish identity under “ethnicity”; and a zero-tolerance approach to antisemitism, Islamophobia and anti-Muslim/Arab hate.

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