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Awareness towards Peace Journalism among Foreign Correspondents in Africa

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Rodny-Gumede, Ylva

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Abstract Much has been said about the news media’s role in instigating war, conflict and violence. Less attention has been paid to the news media’s role in mitigating conflict. Criticism has been directed towards the ways in which journalists and war correspondents cover conflict with an emphasis on violence, suffering, polarization of the views of main stakeholders, and over-simplification of the underlying causes of conflict. The growing literature and scholarship around Peace Journalism stands as a response to this. In the context of the African continent, further critique has been levelled against frames and narratives of war, conflict and violence grounded in Western epistemologies and dominant discourses of African conflicts and stakeholders. Based on data collected from interviews with a selected group of journalists working on - and covering - the African continent, the article assesses awareness towards alternative narratives and news frames, as well as attitudes towards alternative practices and models for journalism. Particular attention is paid to ideas and responses regarding Peace Journalism as an alternative model for reporting. (author's abstract)
Keywords Africa; military conflict; ethnic conflict; international conflict; reporting; war; journalism; objectivity; foreign correspondent; reporter; conflict management; peace process; peacekeeping
Classification Peace and Conflict Research, International Conflicts, Security Policy; Communicator Research, Journalism
Document language English
Publication Year 2016
Page/Pages p. 80-93
Journal Media and Communication, 4 (2016) 1
Issue topic Peacebuilding in the Age of New Media
ISSN 2183-2439
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution