ISSN: 20010818
First published in 2012
3 issues per volume
Volume 6 Issue 3
Cover Date: October 2017
Building bridges: Inclusive journalism in conflict zones
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Authors:  Lorena Cotza 
DOI: 10.1386/ajms.6.3.585_1

peace journalism,peacebuilding,conflict-sensitive journalism,inclusive journalism,conflict,media diversity

The media is often said to be a weapon of war. It can contribute to fuel violence and spur ethnic hatred. It is, however, a double edged sword: it can also help de-escalate tensions and restore peace. In order to do so, journalism has to be not only balanced and independent, but it should also have an inclusive approach, giving space to marginalized voices and being sensitive to the needs of the whole community. Analysing different media initiatives in conflict and post-conflict zones (South Sudan, Burundi, Central African Republic and Georgia), this article will explore the following question: can inclusive journalism be a tool to rebuild divided communities? While acknowledging how difficult it is to operate in conflict zones and recognizing the limited impact that inclusive journalism can have, this study will mainly focus on the positive role that media can play and the opportunities it can create.
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