Developing the Media Sector in Peacebuilding Contexts

The role of media in peacebuilding environments is critical, yet difficult to put in practice and to be coordinated. How could journalists and media houses they work for be better equipped to report in a way that enhances the prospects of peacebuilding?

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Graphic novels: Drawing on peacebuilding

Fair laws and legitimate, accessible, effective legal institutions are crucial to peacebuilding. They define appropriate social behaviour, protect rights, limit power, and hold accountable those who abuse it. Laws and legal institutions provide frameworks and mechanisms for non-violent dispute resolution and address underlying grievances. They prevent the re-emergence of violent conflict, further reconciliation and incentivise peaceful collaboration.

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‘Peace on Facebook’ remains elusive, but ‘post-conflict generation’ are being heard on social media

Moral panic discourses about the harmful impact of social media ‘echo chambers’ have become increasingly prevalent over the past decade. It has often been presumed that platforms such as Facebook and Twitter contribute to political polarisation by bringing together like-minded individuals and limiting exposure to opposing views. While there has certainly been some evidence to suggest that people click on social media stories that are congruent with their world views, the ‘echo chamber’ effect does appear to be exaggerated.

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Peace videography: visual tools for mediation and peace-building

The visual turn in the social sciences focusing on photography, film and video has led to a number of engagements with visual representations of violence. Yet, work on the visualization of peace is conspicuous mostly by its absence. Photographs (and other images) “reinforce the invisibility of some things” – peace, for example – “by overtly focusing on others” (Smith 2013: 14) – violence, for example; photographic discourses do pretty much the same thing. Images showing peaceful interaction do, of course, exist. They are, however, seldom acknowledged as images of peace. In consequence, the peace potentialities inherent in visual images are rarely appreciated.

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