Constraints and Opportunities

Michelle Betz
International Media Support

Media developers around the world work with institutions, organisations and individuals to ensure reliable and professional information is available to communities and to spark and encourage responsible debate that is key to good governance.

By extension the fight against both terrorism and countering violent extremism (CVE) stresses the importance of media development, but also increasingly puts this work in the spotlight.

It  is  imperative  that  there  is  consideration  of  the  linkage  of  media  and  media  development and what  role  they  may  play  in  the  prevention  of  radicalisation  and  violent  extremism.  This  work  has already begun and CVE-related activities are now making their way into the field of media. This paper seeks to provide initial guidance on the definition of “Countering Violent Extremism” and what it means for the media development sector, its donors and other organisations that work with media developers.

Michelle Betz speaking in Oslo, Norway October 2014

Michelle Betz

Michelle Betz explains how she in 2012 was one of 43 NGO workers charged in Egypt of operating without a licence and receiving foreign funding, as part of a crackdown on independent civil society groups in the country. The INTERPOL alert that followed stopped Michelle from being able to travel, and with it to work effectively. The episode was described by the US government as “politically motivated”, at the seminar Demonising Dissidents, hosted by the Norwegian Helsinki Committee and Fair Trials International at Hotel Bristol in Oslo 21 October.

 

Capacity building, institutional change and theories of change: Creating an enabling environment for journalists in post-conflict environments

Betz, M.
Routledge

Betz, M. “Capacity building, institutional change and theories of change: Creating an enabling environment for journalists in post-conflict environments,” in Communication and Peace: Mapping an Emerging Field. Routledge, 2015.

UN Peacekeeping Radio: The Way Forward

Betz, M and Papper, H.
Routledge
“UN Peacekeeping Radio: The Way Forward,” in Communication and Peace: Mapping an Emerging Field. Routledge, 2015.

Building Digital Safety for Journalism: A Survey of Selected Issues

Henrichsen, J., M. Betz and J. Lisosky
UNESCO

From Crisis to Transition : Media in Burkina Faso

Betz, M.
International Media Support

Radio Silence: Burundi’s Media in the 2015 Election Crisis

Betz, M.
International Media Support

Guide du Journalisme Audiovisuel

Michelle Betz
ARS

Media in a Complex Emergency: Central African Republic

Betz, M. and S. Moll
International Media Support

My So-called Trial

Betz, M.
Index on Censorship

Conflict Sensitive Journalism: Moving Towards a Holistic Framework

Betz, M.
International Media Support

Journalism Training in Sudan: A Move Towards Enhanced Cooperation

Betz, M.
International Media Support

Radio as Peacebuilder: A Case Study of Radio Okapi in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Betz, M.
Great Lakes Research Journal

A Different Channel: The Role of Television in International Conflict Resolution

Betz, M.
Fountain Publishers
“A Different Channel: The Role of Television in International Conflict Resolution” in Media in Conflict Situations: Roles, Challenges and Responsibility, Fountain Publishers (Distributed by Michigan State University Press), 2006.

Chapter 13: The Responsibility Test

Betz, M.
Bonus Books
Betz, M. “Chapter 13: The Responsibility Test” in Alan, Jeff, Responsible Journalism: A Practical Guide for Working and Aspiring Journalists, Bonus Books, 2001.