Mass Media in Genocide Prevention: The Promise and Peril of the Digital Age
The Permanent Mission of Armenia to the United Nations
Featuring The Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education Executive Director, Dr. Sara E. Brown
On the occasion of the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime and the International Human Rights Day, The Permanent Mission of Armenia to the UN presents a virtual discussion entitled “Mass Media in Genocide Prevention: The Promise and Peril of the Digital Age”.
Despite continuous efforts of the international community to prevent genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, mass atrocities continue to persist, often preceded by a range of early warning signs. The role of mass media, in its various forms, is central to shaping public discourse around the risk of atrocity crimes and contributing to genocide prevention. The presence of a strong and representative civil society and a free and independent media can be crucial factors supporting timely intervention against and prevention of mass violence.
Whether print, broadcast or digital, various forms of media are vehicles of mass communication that can influence attitudes and actions. The United Nations Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech launched in 2019 seeks to address the spread of discriminatory messages, incitement to hostility or violence and various forms of hate speech and intolerance as precursors to atrocity crimes, while recognizing the challenges of the digital age and the new media.
Bridging human rights, communications, innovation and humanitarian agendas, the event will focus on the role of mass media in preventing and addressing atrocities and the crime of genocide. Panelists will examine the impact of mass media, in its traditional and new forms, in steering public discourse and compelling response, or, to the contrary, in contributing to passivity and inaction in the processes of atrocity crimes.
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