WHAT IS PEACE JOURNALISM
Fundamentally, Peace Journalism brings insights from conflict analysis to the journalistic concepts of balance, fairness and accuracy. Furthermore, it reorients the ethics of journalism practice, providing a new thinking in the connections between journalists, their sources, the stories they cover and the consequences of their journalism. Also, Peace Journalism seeks to weave an awareness of non-violence and creativity into journalism.
JOURNALISTS IN CONFLICT PREVENTION
Journalists can play a critical role in conflict prevention. By monitoring and reporting the situation on ground, they can provide early warning of simmering discontentment before they erupt into violent confrontations. Journalists can also work with communities and local players to streamline disagreements in a way that is constructive and leave room for reconciliation. With their experience and expertise, journalists are well plugged into the community and channels of communication-including the local rumor mill. They can thus help counter rumors and prevent violent reactions from supporters. By helping counter rumors, providing breadth of analysis and engaging with young people, journalists can prevent youths from getting drawn into a cycle of revenge and violence. Since journalists and their media organizations are generally known and trusted, they can become credible meditators and truth-speakers. People can turn to them for truth instead of taking laws into their own hand
Undoubtedly, local journalists have a much deeper and wider view than external peace workers or even international humanitarian organizations. They are able to hear things others may not hear or know things others may not know. With their experience they can recognize seeds of violence when they are sown and can thus help warn the society before such seeds germinate.
JOURNALISTS IN PEACE BUILDING
Local journalists can break the cycle of violence and help build a local culture of peace in their communities. Since journalist live, works and stay rooted to their communities. They understand the people and dynamics and history of local conflicts most times more than outsiders. By their knowledge and expertise, they have what it takes to bring people together-from all religious and political divides. As neutral umpires, journalists are able to build mutual understanding and challenge violent or extremist narratives. This is critical to building sustainable peace even in violently divided societies.