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Journalism in Conflict and Post-Conflict ConditionsWORLDWIDE PERSPECTIVES
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2016 (English)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The essays in this book focus on the tension built into the vocation of the journalist.He and she not only report on what has happened but also play a key part in forginga way forward. The media both report on conflict and play a critical part in buildingconsensus. The link between the two is the following: reporting on events is not justa passive process. In constructing a narrative for the reader, the journalist plays anactive role in defining the event in question and underlining what is at stake. In sodoing, the journalist both reports as well as joins the effort to forge a way forward.The essays in this volume seek to probe the contradictory character of the journalist’svocation: to report on conflict but also to build a consensus on the way out of it.What, in this context, is the meaning of mediation and reconciliation? Are journalistsexternal to the conflict? Can they be objective or should they recognize their ownlimitations, thereby reporting all sides to the conflict? What are the moral dilemmasfaced by a war journalist as opposed to a peace journalist, since the former is morelikely to turn into an official mouthpiece?The essays address these questions in different contexts, ranging from Afghanistanto South Sudan, Syria to Libya, and Nepal to Colombia. In doing so, they allow usto go beyond the sometimes banal and formulaic literature on “peace-building” in“post-conflict” societies.

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Göteborg: Nordicom, 2016. , 216 p.
Keyword [en]
The role of journalism, conflict, post-conflict and peace
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:norden:org:diva-4417ISBN: 978-91-87957-24-6OAI: diva2:935872

This book is published in collaboration with the UNESCO Chair on Freedom of Expression, Media Development and Global Policy at the University of Gothenburg.

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