Building Peace: Media and Journalism in the Work for Peace

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Building Peace: Media and Journalism in the Work for Peace

Christiane Kayser
Flaubert Djateng
September 2015

Summary

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
par Flaubert Djateng et Christiane Kayser
Journalisme en situation de crise, journalisme proactif
et journalisme de paix : . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Quelques bases théoriques
par Christiane Kayser
Le journalisme pour la paix et Boko Haram . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
par Kirthi Jayakumar
L’internet est afropolitain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Interview avec Achille Mbembe Médias et responsabilisation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
par Flaubert Djateng
Le défi du professionnalisme journalistique dans la région
des Grands Lacs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
par Johanna Wild
Avec les informations contre la peur : un projet transfrontalier dans les Grands Lacs . . . . . . . . . . . 52
par Judith Raupp
Nos pensées et nos souhaits par rapport
au journalisme sensible aux conflits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
par un groupe de journalistes conglais et rwandais
Mon premier séjour au pays voisin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
par Maxime Rindiro
Les présumés ennemis sont devenus mes amis . . . . . . . . . . 65
par Reagan Mwanaweka
Du rôle de la presse en période électorale
dans le contexte actuel du Sud-Kivu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
par Franck Zongwe, Anja Vollendorf, Libwe Mufumbe,
Odile Bulabula
Au Nord-Kivu les radios communautaires apportent leur pierre
à l’édifice de la paix localement et dans la région . . . . . . . . . 73
par Jacques Vagheni
Cameroun : les radios communautaires
et la consolidation de la Paix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
par le Rév Ebai Gustav Tabi & Alexander Vojvoda
« Les pauvres et les marginalisés se retrouvent sans voix
dans ce domaine public monolithique » . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Une interview de Vinod Pavarala par Alexander Vojvoda
L’Épopée d’Ogorum : Impliquer
la communauté dans le processus de paix . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
par Julius Nzang
Le Journalisme pour la Paix en situations de crise . . . . . . . . . 94
La Sierra Léone en tant qu’étude de cas
par Sheku Kamara & Julia Krojer
Culture Radio défend le Journalisme pour la Paix en Afrique . . 104
par Elijah M. I. Gegra, Theophilus Sahr Gbenda & Aminata Finda Massaquoi

Introduction

The events in the African countries where the Civil Service for Peace (SCP) networks are active are rushing recently: the emergence of terrorist threats in Cameroon, the Ebola epidemic in Liberia and Sierra Leone, violent conflicts in the Great Region Lakes, presidents who cling to power, irresponsible political classes, hard repression of all forms of opposition and human rights violations against the backdrop of the pauperization of large sections of the population despite the rise of African economies.

At the same time, we are seeing the emergence of young people’s movements, who want positive political changes and who bear the risks involved. Links with young people from other countries around the world also reduce prejudice, racism and complexity between them. So everything is not lost …

Today, the media, especially radio stations, play a key role in informing urban and rural populations, and some local radio stations are also seen as spaces for the expression of populations at the grassroots level. Complementarity with international radio stations (RFI, BBC, VOA), which are still very much listened to in all countries, but which now very often have local correspondents, is also important.

An additional critical factor is undoubtedly that the media and social networks allow young Africans and Africans to live in direct contact with the world, to express themselves and to learn from each other. It is therefore not surprising that, after publications on advocacy, youth and action research, we decided in this publication to share the experiences of working with the media in our networks and beyond.

As always we tried to reproduce some theoretical keys around journalism and media in a crisis situation without forgetting the Internet and social networks. We are not advocating a single approach but want to give you the broad principles of responsible and professional work in this area. Discussions about what is appropriate for the situation in your area and country remain open. In the second part we reproduce the experiences of our African colleagues and support professionals in the Great Lakes region, Cameroon and Sierra Leone. We thank them warmly for their contributions. Their articles and interviews allow both to learn about the local and regional work done in the various countries, but above all we hope that they will encourage more readers to share their experiences in this field.

As the experiences of Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, but also Burkina Faso, Senegal show, the best and the worst can be triggered by the media. Therefore, there is a need for continuous efforts to act responsibly both as professionals and as active citizens on the Internet. Among other things, the following questions must be asked:

  • What is responsible information about and supporting peace work in your concrete contexts?

  • How to properly inform about conflicts and threats without creating hysteria, exclusion and envenoming the situation?
  • What are the roles of media professionals on one side and activists on social networks on the other?

 We can post the best contributions on our website www.peaceworkafrica.net. Sweet reading to all!

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