Monday, 17 June 2013, 4:00 p.m., Room C
Hosted by SIGNIS
Human beings have been on the move, fleeing deprivation and in search of a livelihood since the earliest moments of our history. Such movements of peoples always involve encounters, tension, conflicting resource needs and even violent clashes. Yet it is these same movements that have engendered inter-cultural encounter, exchange and growth of knowledge, art, science, and the development of modern civilizations.
As we face a global economic crisis, and focus on economic stimulation, this panel will examine the drive for economic growth from another perspective. The many facets of migration are increasingly at the top of the political agenda and the media play a huge and influential role in shaping the way in which issues linked to migration are discussed. The media can have a positive impact on the debate by revealing the truth behind the statistics. Too often, however, they contribute to a climate of opinion which relies on easy stereotypes and half-truths. Within the wider context of finding economic solutions, the panel will explore and question how the media portray the images of some of the most vulnerable members of humanity today.
The media's responsibility to visibility for the vulnerable includes highlighting the struggles and challenges of migrants, victims of trafficking, refugees and other marginalized groups. The workshop will consider how media professionals and institutions can improve their practices so that vulnerable voices are heard and faces seen and so that they are portrayed and reported in the media as accurately and truthfully as possible.
McDonnell, Dr. Jim
Director of Development, World Catholic Association for Communication (SIGNIS), London, United Kingdom
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