n Communicare : Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa - Peace journalism in South Africa : a theoretical discussion

Special Edition 1
  • ISSN : 0259-0069



This article presents a theoretical exploration of the concept of . It assesses its usefulness for strengthening existing practices in the South African media. Peace journalism addresses issues around journalistic practices in relation to story selection and presentation with the aim of facilitating non-violent responses to real and potential conflict. There is no doubt that commercial media coverage often relies on sensational and inflammatory discourse to attract consumers (audience), and that, even during times of peace, political communication frequently incorporates conflict or war terminology. Given the potential for individual and intergroup violence (actual or latent) due to the diverse nature of the population and South Africa's historical legacies, there is a need to address peace-communication concerns on a continuous basis. This article is based on a review of seminal literature in the field and also on the discussion and findings of a round table conducted at the University of Johannesburg on 27 and 28 October 2011 with a number of South African academics and representatives of national media-monitoring organisations.

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