DPI Hosts Roundtable on Media and Conflict in Istanbul

DPI today hosted a roundtable event at Cezayir, Galatasaray in Istanbul (Saturday 28th April 2012). Participants included journalists, academics, civil society representatives and Members of Parliament. Panel speakers at the event were Don Macintyre of The Independentnewspaper in the United Kingdom; Dr. Peter Busch of King’s College London; and Prof. Dr. Yasemin İnceoğlu of Galatasaray University. The event is part of DPI’s Turkey programme, which has previously included a number of Comparative Study visits to the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Those present have highlighted the importance of this unique event.

The very successful roundtable, entitled ‘The Role of Media in Conflict’, examined the role of media in conflict resolution, and focused in particular on the subject of media and conflict resolution in the context of international experiences. “Lively discussion on subjects including the language of the media; the role of the media in preparing the public for peace and the challenges of the media took place. All participants agreed that the event was extremely valuable” said Cengiz Çandar, DPI Council of Experts member.

Previous DPI activities in this series have taken place over the last year, with participants visiting London, Belfast, Dublin and Edinburgh, and taking part in roundtable discussions on diverse subjects including conflict resolution, constitutional arrangements, devolution, and language and identity rights. The response of these activities has been highly positive, with extensive media coverage and a continuation of discussion occurring as a result.

DPI Comparative Studies planned for this year will take place in Wales and South Africa. Future studies are intended to take place in other relevant parts of the world.

Records of all of DPI’s Comparative Studies visits have been published and are available via DPI’s website: www.democraticprogress.org. A record including all of today’s discussions will be available from DPI. For a hard copy of these publications or for any further information please contact Eleanor Johnson at ejohnson@democraticprogress.org