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South Asia: Media debate their role in reporting violence and conflict

07-10-2013 News Release 13/164

New Delhi (ICRC) – More than 20 senior editors from media organizations in South Asia, South-East Asia and the Pacific will convene in New Delhi on 8 and 9 October to discuss the challenges of reporting on violence and conflict.

"Media do not just report news, they also form opinion – and that, in turn, shapes events," said Mary Werntz, head of the regional delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in India. "It will be interesting to discuss with top professionals from South Asia how reporting can help address humanitarian consequences of violence and conflict."

Bringing humanitarian concerns into focus remains a challenge during conflicts and other situations of violence. Senior editors from Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Maldives, Iran, Australia, Malaysia and Singapore will share their experiences and discuss the role and responsibilities of the media in covering different crises across the region.

This conference is being jointly organized by the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre and the Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution of the Jamia Millia Islamia University together with the ICRC in New Delhi. Over the past few years, the ICRC has cultivated its relationship with the media in South Asia, hosting similar events in Manila in 2011, Dhaka in 2007 and New Delhi in 2006.

Live updates from the conference will be available on Twitter (follow tweets tagged #asianmedia13).

For further information, please contact:
Surinder Oberoi, ICRC New Delhi, tel: +91 98 7179 8386
Marek Resich, ICRC New Delhi, tel: +91 97 1130 9561