What is Peace Journalism?

Our approach to telling stories and sharing information on the events around the world is driven by a concept that we'd like to call as Feminist Peace Journalism.

Peace Journalism concerns itself with telling the truth, and presenting information through the lens of solutions. It doesn’t concern itself with the winner-versus-loser rhetoric, but rather zooms right into the root of the issue. It portrays conflicts in realistic terms and encourages the exploration of backgrounds and contexts of conflict formation. It presents the causes and options of every side involved, without introducing the ‘us’ versus ‘them’ perspective. It effectively serves the purpose by:[1]
-          being transparent in the representation of the causes, background and issues concerning a conflict;

-          giving a voice to the rival parties involved and their views;

-          offering creative ideas that can culminate in conflict resolution, development, peacemaking and peacekeeping;

-          exposing lies, cover-ups and attempts to cover-up as well as culprits on all sides unequivocally;

-          revealing the suffering inflicted on people of all parties involved in the conflict;

-          paying attention to peace stories and efforts for peace;

-          providing information on post-war developments.

Peace Journalism is about transparent journalism that relies on facts and explores the reality of the situation.

A Feminist Scholarship and Inquiry aims at looking at the world, gathering and interpreting knowledge through the subversion of patriarchal structures, and to look at the world with a non-cis-het male lens. It serves to question structures that are oppressive, discriminatory, unequal and exclusionary.

Put together, Feminist Peace Journalism aims at passing the mic to facilitate transparent journalism, storytelling, truth-telling, and creating information by relying on facts, and exploring the realities of the situations around us.

[1] Lynch, J. & McGoldrick, A. (2010) “A Global Standard for Reporting Conflict and Peace” in R.L. Keeble, J. Tulloch & F. Zollmann (eds.) Peace Journalism, War and Conflict Resolution. (Peter Lang: New York)