alexa Media Coverage on Ethnic Conflict in North-East India: An Analysis on the Issues and Challenges in Conflict Communication
Social & Political Sciences

Social & Political Sciences

Journal of Mass Communication & Journalism

Author(s): Uttam Kr Pegu

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This focus of this paper is to assess how media representational practices shape and affect current debates on identity and ethnic conflicts. North-East India exhibits divergent social and cultural distinctiveness characterized by socio-political instability and unrest. These conflicts in the region are reflected in the patterns of conflict which are varied in their nature with each ethnic group having a distinct set of location specific concerns and grievances. While it is believed that the mass media can mould peoples’ opinion and belief, it seems necessary to examine how it could communicate ethnic conflict with greater sensitivity and conscientiousness. It is argued that if the media could support forces that lead to conflict, it could also contribute towards mitigating conflict and foster peace in the region. This study critiques on the ethical issues relating to the fundamental techniques of ‘conflict reporting’ vis-a-vis professional responsibilities which are grounded in economics and the politics of sensationalism on which the media industry thrives. Furthermore, this paper discusses media coverage of ethnic conflict in North-East and the increasing debate on the role played by the media during conflict and post-conflict situation. Finally, it shows how individual journalists and the media could collectively address the complexities in conflict communication

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This article was published in Global Journal of Finance and Management and referenced in Journal of Mass Communication & Journalism

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