Media and Journalism in Peace Work
Today the media — radio stations especially — play a critical role in the information of the urban and rural population, and some local radio stations also see themselves as outlets for the expression of the grassroots population. There is also considerable complementarity with the international radio stations (RFI, BBC, VOA)1 which still have a lot of listeners in all the countries, but which now very often have local correspondents.
Another essential factor is no doubt that the media and the social networks allow young people from all over the world to have direct contact with each other, express themselves and learn from each other, with Africans being no exception.
It is therefore not surprising that after the publications on advocacy, youth and action research we have decided, in this publication, to share the experiences of working with the media in our networks and beyond. As always, we have tried to reproduce some keys to the theory behind journalism and the media in a crisis situation without forgetting the internet and the social networks. We do not recommend a single approach but try to provide you with the major principles of responsible and professional work in this domain. The discussions remain open on what is appropriate to the situation in your zone and your country.