Reporting on terrorism and other forms of violent extremism is major challenge for the media around the world. Access to information is difficult, and journalists face pressure to report on developments promptly. They are expected to report in the public interest, taking care not to cause any additional damage with their work. Within the project “Building Resistance against Violent Terrorism and Extremism through Strengthened Capacities of Journalists, Media and Government Officials”, the Association of Journalists of Macedonia (AJM), the Institute for European Perspective (IEP) and the KONICA Institute in Skopje produced short videos for promotion of the Protocol for Informing on Cases Related to Violent Extremism and Terrorism and the Guidelines for Professional Reporting of Cases of Violent Extremism and Terrorism.
The Protocol for Informing on Cases Related to Violent Extremism and Terrorism as a Useful Tool will enhance the role of journalists and media workers in their reporting on such potential situations in the future.
The purpose of the Guidelines for Professional Reporting on Violent Extremism and Terrorism is to offer recommendations to the media and journalists on the proper addressing and reporting on these topics. The recommendations are based on the universal ethical principles of independence, balance between freedom of information and responsibility in information, accuracy, and responsibility in informing. It is assumed that the media and journalists are necessary factor for cohesion between different sections of society and play extremely significant role in preventing violent extremism and terrorism.
Four videos were prepared in Macedonian, Albanian and English language, watch the first video.
The videos were made within the “Building Resistance against Violent Terrorism and Extremism through Strengthened Capacities of Journalists, Media and Government Officials”, funded by the European Union within the program STREVE Global Strengthening Resilience to Violent Extremism through Hedayah, International Centre of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism.
The content of the videos is the sole responsibility of the authors and AJM, IEP and the Konica Institute and can in no way be taken to reflect the views and opinions of the European Union.