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Community Cohesion through Community Media

Irak

Délégation Union Européenne (Irak)

Titre : Community Cohesion through Community Media

Pays : Irak
Localisation : Iraq wide - radio stations transmitting from Basra and Sulaymaniah.

Date : 2017-2020

Présentation
Iraq’s communities treat each other with suspicion. Despite power-sharing political agreements, the threat of Iraq’s disintegration remains high. Sunni communities feel disenfranchised and marginalised, while Kurds are perceived to be using the chaos to gain politically and economically. The Shia are becoming more resentful of both Kurds and Sunnis. The suspicions and the hard-done-by mentality on all sides are being exploited for narrow political gains in the fragile democracy of Iraq.

Iraq’s fragility has resonated in regional and global politics. If it is to hold on to the territorial defeat of IS, the country must function better - its communities need to more resilient to sectarian and extremist narratives. While the government of Iraq says it is attempting to work towards an inclusive political solution, this task is made all the more difficult by the many demands and disgruntled community voices that are filling the media space and fuelling separatist agendas.

Against the background described above, it is vital that local media is bolstered so that it can tackle a variety of issues that originate from and/or affect its community. This includes accountability in central and local governments (an issue that has been at the forefront of Iraq’s future as a democracy since August 2015), sectarian narratives, internally displaced people and cross-border migration, economic development, human rights and the presence of IS. Iraq needs assistance in facilitating the development of the sort of content that would be effective in : * Creating a sense of community cohesion through cross-community organic media outlets. * Encouraging improved accountability of central and local government. * Improving the flow of accurate information from the government and security forces to the whole of the population, and especially to disenfranchised communities. * Countering rumours in an engaging manner and with the use of credible local voices.

Mise en oeuvre : BBC Media Action

Contribution UE : EUR 4.9 million

Délégation Union Européenne (Irak)

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