CGCC cohosted this workshop with the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) to explore the media’s role in addressing violent extremism and terrorism. The workshop was intended to provide media professionals, experts, and academics an opportunity to share their experiences in reporting on conflict and violence, consider the changing social and political landscape in which the media operate, and assess the impact of new trends and technologies on media responses to terrorism in South Asia.
Participants represented all countries of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation and brought to the table experiences in print and broadcast journalism, professional media associations, nongovernmental actors focusing on these issues, and the United Nations. This informal workshop provided an important forum for dialogue, but also to raise greater awareness about UN conventions, resources, and activities that may support relevant efforts and foster a collaborative network about regional practitioners.
Some key themes of the workshop included the importance of an independent and credible media in providing nonpartisan information, particularly regarding violence and conflict; the need for professional development opportunities for media practitioners; and the value of opportunities for regional practitioners to meet and share good practices. Participants also provided some practical policy and future programming ideas.