The Role of the Media in Conflict Resolution: Reflections on the Turkish Experience: DPI Reverse Comparative Study Visit, Istanbul, 24-26 September 2019

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On 25 September 2019, Democratic Progress Institute held a reverse Comparative Study Visit meeting in Istanbul with a group of diverse, committed and influential journalists, columnists and broadcasters from across Turkey’s media spectrum. As part of DPI’s long-running series of meetings exploring the media’s role in conflict resolution, peacebuilding, and democratisation processes, this reverse CSV, for the first time, provided a forum for participants to discuss this topic directly in relation to the situation in Turkey. As a comparative background, participants were given the opportunity to engage with Dr Tom Colley, Teaching Fellow, King’s College London, who delivered a presentation entitled ‘Strategic Communication in Conflict Resolution: disinformation and social media’. The discussion that followed examined how strategic communication through the media is changing in the digital age with the rise of disinformation and new media platforms. Subsequently, the group engaged in open and frank discussion about past experiences and current possibilities as well as exploring commonalities as the basis for identifying concrete opportunities to work together to strengthen the media’s role in conflict resolution in Turkey. Participants were agreed that the CSV had been very useful in providing an opportunity for them to make new connections and deepen existing relationships and expressed the desire to continue this work in Turkey. We were also delighted to host the EU Delegation to Turkey and others at the activity. This reverse CSV on ‘The role of the media in conflict resolution: reflections on the Turkish experience’ was part of DPI’s ongoing project ‘Supporting inclusive dialogue at a challenging time in Turkey’, supported by the EU and the Irish, Dutch, and Norwegian governments. A full transcript report of the event is forthcoming.