The Media In Deeply Divided Societies

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THE decline of traditional journalism and the rise of social media is blamed for fuelling populism, extremism and polarisation around the world.

But what affect is it having in societies which already face deep divisions or violence?

SCI held an international conference on the Role & Responsibilities of the Media in Deeply Divided Societies, with a programme featuring journalists  from South Africa, Colombia, Myanmar, Rwanda, Turkey, the Middle East, the Balkans, Kashmir, Somalia, Syria, Nepal and Northern Ireland.

The event, held in Northern Ireland and organised in partnership with the Political Settlements Research Programme (PSRP) and Conciliation Resources, revealed how the media crisis is undermining established peace processes and even fomenting violence.

We will publish more content in relation to the issue soon, but this video draws out some of the key themes from the event.