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MEDIA, INFORMATION FLOWS AND CONFLICT

Just as important as the realities of crime and violence are the information flows surrounding those realities and which play a part in determining perceptions of conflict and criminal violence. Media and mechanisms for information flow, in all their forms – official, informal and street rumour mills - have major impacts on levels of insecurity and prospects for peace. They can, on the one hand, drive a vicious circle of fear and prejudice, and in the most extreme forms, may propel people to violence. On the other hand, they can also shape public understanding of the dynamics of violence and harness or encourage peaceful ways of addressing them.

IfP-EW’s Media for Peace cluster seeks to analyse the ways media organisations operate within the post-conflict contexts of Liberia, Nepal, Sierra Leone and between Kosovo and Serbia. It specifically explores alternative systems of information exchange and the means through which local information and assessment of trends in violence can be transmitted to the wider public in order to understand how these can be better supported and acted upon by international institutions.

In Liberia, Nepal and Sierra Leone, research is being conducted on how media can influence people’s perceptions of insecurity, including impacts at the local/community level in constructing or undermining public understandings of the dynamics of violence. Participatory research between Serb and Kosovar graduates will also identify the positive and negative roles and impacts of media institutions in divided societies. Briefing papers, workshops and exchanges of media professionals will discuss and share findings between participants in Liberia, Nepal and Sierra Leone, while trainings on the media and conflict sensitive reporting will be conducted in these countries plus Timor-Leste.
The IfP-EW partners collaborating in this work are Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), International Alert and Search for Common Ground.

Cluster coordinator : Richard Reeve

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Working with Media to Prevent Conflict: Cluster Synthesis Report

Author(s): Zuleika Candan and Richard Reeve (International Alert)
2012-06-01

The Media, Information Flows and Conflict cluster has aimed to understand how information flows can contribute to or undermine peace in post-conflict countries and what challenges media face in reporting accurately and responsibly. Drawing on engagement and research in Liberia, Nepal, Sierra Leone, Timor-Leste and southeastern Europe, this synthesis addresses three broad questions: how people access information in conflict-affected countries; how this information influences the peace they experience; what challenges media face in providing reliable information. This synthesis concludes with seven suggested principles for engagement by the EU and other donors with media in conflict-affected countries.

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Sustaining the Conversation: Media, Information Flows and Conflict in Liberia

Author(s): Richard Reeve (International Alert)
2011-12-01

Just as important as the realities of crime and violence are the means by which information on sources and manifestations of conflict is communicated, as these help to determine popular perceptions of security or insecurity. This briefing paper aims to understand the role of the media and other information channels in influencing public understanding of the dynamics of violence and developing perceptions of security in Liberia. It analyses the role that media can play, positive or negative, in influencing people’s perceptions of insecurity and the dynamics of violence. It also addresses the obstacles or challenges which the media face in playing a positive role.

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Journalism in Transition: Media, Information Flows and Conflict in Nepal

Author(s): Rabindra Gurung, International Alert
2011-10-01

Just as important as the realities of crime and violence are the means by which information about sources and manifestations of conflict is communicated, as these help to determine popular perceptions of security or insecurity. This briefing paper aims to understand the role of the media in influencing public understanding of the dynamics of violence and developing perceptions of security in Nepal. It analyses the role that media can play, positive or negative, in influencing people’s perceptions of insecurity and the dynamics of violence. It also addresses the obstacles or challenges which the media face in playing a positive role.

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