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Conflict(-sensitive) Journalism: How Journalists Perceive Their Role When Communicating Conflicts in Transitional Regimes

Fri, May 26, 11:00 to 12:15, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Floor: 3, Aqua Salon C


The paper investigates the role perceptions journalists have when reporting on democratisation conflicts and which challenges are connected with them. It discusses the tensions between these journalistic ideals and the structural constraints they face inside and outside the media organisation, and how this interplay impacts on journalistic performance and the overall nature of journalism’s role within democratisation processes. It outlines a contextualised concept of conflict(-sensitive) journalism in transitional societies which introduces “oscillating” journalistic roles as one core characteristic of journalism in transitional and conflict context.
The research is based on a comparative case study which interviewed 100 professional journalists who covered a set of democratisation conflicts in Egypt, Kenya, Serbia and South Africa.