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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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New Research: Alarming Evidence of Online Attacks on Women Journalists Leading to ‘Real World’ Violence

The insidious problem of online violence against women journalists is increasingly spilling offline, with potentially deadly consequences, a new global survey suggests. Twenty percent of women journalists and media workers who participated in the survey – run by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) – reported being targeted with offline abuse and attacks that they believe were connected with online violence they had experienced.

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