Journalism in conflict areas

Journalism in conflict areas

How can the media working in conflict areas help affected populations? By bringing news that is reliable and unbiased, and by sharing it on time. Where is it dangerous right now? Where can people find help? And independent media can also mitigate hate and misunderstanding – contributing to a solution for war and violence. They can organise public discussions, offer a platform for different perspectives and encourage dialogue. That is why Free Press Unlimited helps local journalists and media organisations to provide – and continue to provide – reliable and objective news and information.

In 2016, Free Press Unlimited trained a large number of journalists and media organisations in the professional and unbiased coverage of news events. Where necessary, we provided them with the required equipment. Or helped partners restore damaged facilities – like the radio stations that had been destroyed during hostilities in the Central African Republic. We stimulate collaboration with civil society organisations and promote solidarity among members of the press when one of their colleagues is intimidated or arrested.

Our objective in the longer term is to ensure that media organisations and professional and citizen journalists in conflict areas provide their audiences with balanced and relevant information. Information that allows people to make well-considered decisions regarding their own future and the development of their community. It is with good reason that the first ‘interim goal’ in our Theory of Change is: Journalists need to be able to do their job, without suffering threats to their person and with free access to all kinds of information, including government information. Only then will they be able to effectively fulfil their role in society.