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Media and journalism in Peace Work

Tuesday 24 May 2016, by SIGNIS

Berlin, May 24th, 2016, (Christiane Kayser, Flaubert Djateng). Christiane Kayser and Flaubert Djateng wrote a book entitled "Media and journalism in Peace Work". Below, please find the introduction of this publication and the link to dowload it for free.

Events in the African countries in which the Civil Peace Service (CPS) networks are active have speeded up recently with the emergence of terrorist threats in Cameroon, the Ebola epidemic in Liberia and Sierra Leone, prolonged, violent conflicts in the Great Lakes region, presidents trying to hang onto power, the irresponsible behaviour of the political classes, severe repression of all forms of opposition and human rights violations.

All this, against a background of the pauperisation of large portions of the population despite the growth of African economies. In parallel, we are also observing the emergence of movements of young people who see themselves as embodying positive political change, and accept the inherent risks. Their links with youth in other countries around the world also helps reduce the prejudice, racism and complexes they have against one another. So all is not lost…

Today the media — radio stations especially — play a critical role in the information of the urban and rural population, and some local radio stations also see themselves as outlets for the expression of the grassroots population. There is also considerable complementarity with the international radio stations (RFI, BBC, VOA)1 which still have a lot of listeners in all the countries, but which now very often have local correspondents. Another essential factor is no doubt that the media and the social networks allow young people from all over the world to have direct contact with each other, express themselves and learn from each other, with Africans being no exception. 1 RFI = Radio France Internationale; BBC = British Broadcasting Company; VOA = Voice of America 8 Introduction It is therefore not surprising that after the publications on advocacy, youth and action research we have decided, in this publication, to share the experiences of working with the media in our networks and beyond. As always, we have tried to reproduce some keys to the theory behind journalism and the media in a crisis situation without forgetting the internet and the social networks.

The questions we must ask ourselves include: What is an information service that is responsible and supports peace work in your concrete context? How can people be well-informed about conflicts and threats without creating hysteria, exclusion and aggravating the situation? What are the roles of the media professionals on the one hand and of the activists in the social networks on the other? We are ready to publish the best contributions on our website. We hope you enjoy reading this publication!

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