Conflict-Sensitive Journalism

Conflict-Sensitive Journalism is a body of knowledge borne from the study of journalism as a discipline, an understanding of conflict science, and the experience of hundreds of local, national and international journalists who are part of a fellowship of media practitioners called PECOJON. CSJ has also grown through partnerships with organizations with a strong focus on peace and conflict work such as forumZFD and educators groups such as the Media Educators of Mindanao.

The intention of CSJ is not so much the resolution of the conflicts its practitioners cover, though it is often through good reporting that conflict is reduced.

Conflict-Sensitive Journalism stresses four key concepts — truth-seeking, active accuracy, a focus on relevance, and good writing — and recognizes access to information, freedom of expression, and the safety and security of its practitioners as requisites.

At its core is the institutional belief that people, on their own, are able to make educated choices that can bring about a just and peaceful society, a society where human rights are observed and all creation is afforded its place in the world, once they are given information that is accurate, unbiased, contextualized, and nuanced.

Facilitating peace, without losing journalism.

– ANTONIA KOOP, founder, PECOJON

In CSJ, a well written story is a story that provides context to all facts presented, an exploration and explanation of how the news event evolved, a presentation of multiple perspectives to enable more nuanced public discussion, debate and consensus, and an insight behind the interests and needs of the significant actors of the news event.

Journalists practicing CSJ, therefore, endeavour to not simplify the facts, but rather to explore complexities in a language that can be understood.


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