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Research Paper | Social Science | Somalia | Volume 12 Issue 8, August 2023
The Role of the Media in Conflict Resolution and Management in Somalia
Hassan Bedel Khalif
Abstract: The role of the media in conflict resolution and management in Somalia cannot be overstated. Decades of conflict, violence, and instability have taken a toll on the country, and the media has been instrumental in shaping public opinion, disseminating information, and promoting peace building efforts. The media landscape in Somalia is diverse, with traditional and new media platforms such as newspapers, radio, TV, and social media. While the media can amplify conflict, it also has the potential to be a powerful tool for conflict resolution and management. It provides a platform for dialogue, promotes tolerance, and fosters understanding among different groups. The media can play a critical role in helping to bring peace and stability to Somalia, provided a strategic and responsible approach is taken that considers the complexities of the conflict and the diverse needs of the population. However, there are challenges and limitations to the media's role in conflict resolution and management in Somalia. Issues related to access, bias, and security can hinder its effectiveness. The paper examines the role of the media in conflict resolution and management in Somalia. The study focused on the reign of warlords, moderate Islamists, and extremists like Al - Shabab, and the federal government showed that local stations within Somalia actively promoted peace journalism, effectively diffusing tensions in various regions. Secondary sources of data were utilized, such as various media outlets' websites and reporters operating in the Horn of Africa. This highlights the crucial role that the media can play in promoting peace, but more needs to be done to prioritize peace journalism over war journalism.
Keywords: media, conflict resolution, conflict management, Somalia
Edition: Volume 12 Issue 8, August 2023,
Pages: 40 - 46