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6 / May / 2016

Independent Media and Journalists’ Credibility and Safety, Key Elements to Build a Counter-Narrative against Violent Extremism

Club de Madrid through its Madrid+10 Project was invited to participate in an event organized on April 26th in Brussels […]

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Club de Madrid through its Madrid+10 Project was invited to participate in an event organized on April 26th in Brussels by the Global Forum for Media Development to analyze trends and strategies for effective counter-narratives and #CVE

The Mediadev, CVE & counter-propaganda: Where is the problem?” workshop gathered GFMD members, journalists, CVE specialists, academics and international organizations. The aim was to identify trends, missing data and issues, then jointly strategies about how to address them with ethical rules, further evidence research or joint advocacy.

Some of the key messages that came across during the sessions were: how independent media should be protected and foster; the emphasis in local journalists and media outlets and their credibility to build a counter narrative in a very precarious environment; the need of creating a free space where those independent media can discuss rather to dictate and last but not least the hard security conditions that media workers are facing in their home countries.

The learning workshop session addressed different approaches to the use of media and strategic communication as tools to fight violent extremism or anti-Western narratives. Workshop sessions addressed the role of the media and media development in supporting the prevention of violent extremism and the effectiveness and the impact of such policies, and discussed trends in the international funding landscape for CVE/PVE as opposed to media development activities

Club de Madrid initiative aimed at preventing violent extremism participated and presented its Global Consensus on preventing and countering violent extremism. The project aims to facilitate dialogue and knowledge exchange and engage with different levels governments, civil society and various forms of media actors to support the development of PVE/CVE media and communications strategies – with due respect for freedom of opinion and expression, pluralism, and diversity of the media. The Stopping Violent Extremism initiative intends to bridge the gap between political and civil society actors, as well as between political leaders and practitioners, while strongly engaging participatory journalists, and media representatives and their tools.

The meeting served as a platform for dialogue and exchange of views among with GFMD members, journalists, academics and CVE specialist on how to identify trends, lessons learned, missing data and issues, and jointly find ways to move forward, with a view to strengthening regional and national platforms and networks of alternative and participatory journalism by creating spaces for debates on the role of media in counter messaging.

 

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