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Dementia is one high-profile policy area where this has been put into practice. Social media has helped the department take engagement beyond “the ‘usual suspects’ who sit on expert groups,” according to Anna Hepburn, digital lead for the dementia campaign, to reach “people with day-to-day experience of living, caring or working with dementia.” Engaging with networks such as the #dementiachallengers hashtag group helped ensure that the voices of those living with dementia were centre-stage at the UK-hosted G8 dementia summit that took place in December. Planned, in Hepburn’s words, as “a truly digital summit … open to anyone with internet access,” the event was livestreamed to a global audience on the department’s Dementia Challenge website, which also hosted a live blog, a Flickr stream, highlights from the tweet stream surrounding the event and several moving videos by people with dementia and their carers.

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Senegal President Macky Sall will chair a heads of state roundtable at this year’s African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF) to be held in Dakar on November 8-9.

It was not immediately clear how many heads of state were expected to participate in the roundtable but a conservative number of four was offered.

Another innovation this year is a public debate on “Media and Citizenship” organised in partnership with the Council for the Development of Social Sciences in Africa (CODESRIA) at the Cheikh Anta Diop University on November 7.

Organisers said the debate would act as an important curtain raiser to AMLF 2012 with the aim of engaging the public and linking them to this year’s forum theme, Africa 3.0: Strengthening Media and Governance through Citizens’ Engagement and Innovation.

Senegal President Macky Sall will chair a heads of state roundtable at this year’s African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF) to be held in Dakar on November 8-9.

It was not immediately clear how many heads of state were expected to participate in the roundtable but a conservative number of four was offered.

Another innovation this year is a public debate on “Media and Citizenship” organised in partnership with the Council for the Development of Social Sciences in Africa (CODESRIA) at the Cheikh Anta Diop University on November 7.

Organisers said the debate would act as an important curtain raiser to AMLF 2012 with the aim of engaging the public and linking them to this year’s forum theme, Africa 3.0: Strengthening Media and Governance through Citizens’ Engagement and Innovation.

This paper considers the role of Russian print media and government in forming and publicizing nationalist sentiment through a content analysis of newspaper coverage of ethnic conflict in Stavropol in 2007. It shows that though the government officially pursues an inclusive multicultural approach (which I call associative nationalism), newspapers owned by Kremlin-loyal business holdings printed quite nationalist and sensationalist versions of the events in question. I argue that this is a passive promotion of a dissociative type of nationalism on the part of the Kremlin, which works against its stated purposes of bringing together all those in the Russian territory into a united national identity.

This paper considers the role of Russian print media and government in forming and publicizing nationalist sentiment through a content analysis of newspaper coverage of ethnic conflict in Stavropol in 2007. It shows that though the government officially pursues an inclusive multicultural approach (which I call associative nationalism), newspapers owned by Kremlin-loyal business holdings printed quite nationalist and sensationalist versions of the events in question. I argue that this is a passive promotion of a dissociative type of nationalism on the part of the Kremlin, which works against its stated purposes of bringing together all those in the Russian territory into a united national identity.