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Wednesday 7 November 2018

Media's Local and Global Contributions to Peacebuilding

Thursday 8 November 2018

In Conversation with IRIN | Countering Militancy in the Sahel: What Works? What doesn't?


In this age of clickbait, fake news and competing headlines, there is a greater need for quality journalism than ever before. News coverage of humanitarian crises in particular has a role to play in informing local populations as well as international decision-makers.

Join us in Geneva on Wednesday 7 November at 13:00-14:15 at the UN Palais for a special afternoon event that will bring together a group of prominent local and international journalists for a debate on the contributions that the media can make to peacebuilding. The event will be held in English and French with translation.

The discussion will be moderated by Stéphane Bussard, Geneva Correspondent for Le Temps, and speakers include:

  • Josephine Schmidt, Executive Editor of IRIN News and a former Editor at the New York Times
  • Obi Anyadike, Editor at Large, IRIN News and OSF Fellow on Nigeria
  • Michel Beuret, Head of Editorial at Fondation Hirondelle and former Reporter for RTS
  • Martin Faye, Fondation Hirondelle’s Representative in Mali

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Note that access to the UN Palais requires pre-registration in the UNOG system.

We hope to see you on 7 November for a lively discussion!

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We’ve all seen the images of angry young people brandishing guns in the name of religion. But what drives them to join militant movements, and what may convince them to disengage?

IRIN News has been broadening its coverage of insurgent conflicts in Africa’s Sahel region to better understand the causes of violent extremism and its humanitarian impact. Our reporting aims to help identify interventions that could help build tolerance, reconciliation, and a sustainable peace.

Join us for this webinar, "In Conversation with IRIN: Countering Militancy in the Sahel", on Thursday 8 November at 13:00-13:40 CET to discuss some of the findings from our five-nation reporting project. We’ll explore what works and doesn’t work to counter violent extremism, talking with analysts and journalists who work in the region.

The discussion will be moderated by Obi Anyadike, IRIN’s editor-at-large, who is a regular commentator on Boko Haram for media outlets around the world.

Our panelists include: 

  • Chika Oduah, journalist and writer focusing on the Boko Haram insurgency in northeastern Nigeria
  • Idayat Hassan, director of the Abuja-based Centre for Democracy and Development
  • Ryan Cummings, a director at risk mitigation firm Signal Risk and an independent analyst specialising in terrorism and political instability in Africa

Participation is free and open to all.

Register now.

Support for this project has been provided by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa.