THE HUMANITARIAN ROLE OF MASS MEDIA IN CONFLICT

  • Gordon Adams

Abstract

There are compelling examples of how the mass media has played a positive role in peace-building. For instance, Radio Duwanza is situated ina remote region south west of Timbuktu in Mali and broadcasts to an estimated 126,000 people. The station is run by a local NGO with a staff of six. Education is important, with series on health, farming, literacy, the environment and women’s rights –all approached from a localperspective. In an area devoid of other local information sources, Radio Duwanza fulfils a key role as an outlet for self-expression and local culture.

Author Biography

Gordon Adams
Managing Director of Media Support (www.mediasupport.org), a Scottish based organisation working with broadcasters in Africa and Asia to use media effectively for peace-building, education and development. He has run seminars for the Communication for Development Master course at Malmö Universitysince 2002.
Published
2005-05-27
Section
Articles