Peace Journalism Forum


[Feb 23 update: Mr Joe Torres will be speaking on behalf of the Photojournalists’ Center of the Philippines Inc. or PCP Inc.]

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About the forum

Peace Journalism is an approach to news coverage and reporting that emphasizes analysis, understanding, creative solutions, and compromise over us-vs-them, win-lose frames frequently employed in reporting, particularly when reporting about conflicts. Advocates of peace journalism assert that this model facilitates greater understanding of issues, and encourages audiences to appreciate their complexities, and explores avenues for peaceful non-violent responses.


Even as it apparently fulfills the ultimate purpose of news coverage, peace journalism is contested, and its practice not widely embraced by journalists. This forum explores peace journalism in the Philippines, its various understanding, and the challenges to its practice, using the issues of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law and the recent altercation at Mamasapano, Maguindanao as springboards for discussion.




Mr Ed Lingao, TV5
Ms Veronica Uy-Vitug, Interaksyon
Mr Joe Torres, Photojournalists’ Center of the Philippines, Inc.
Ms Rorie Fajardo, Institute for War and Peace Reporting



4:00 PM – Registration
4:30 PM – Welcome remarks
4:40 PM – Presentations of speakers
5:30 PM – Open forum and synthesis
6:00 PM – Closing remarks



Map to the venue

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RSVP by Monday, February 23, at  or tel. (02) 426-6001 local 5294 or (02) 926-3253.



Organizers and partners

This Peace Forum is in line with the EU Peace Journalism Awards. The Forum and the Awards are being presented by the European Union in the Philippines together with the Bangsamoro Transition CommissionOffice of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process as collaborators. Partners include the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue, National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, Institute for War and Peace Reporting, Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology, Photojournalists’ Center of the Philippines, Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University and with support from the Center for Community Journalism and Development and College Editors’ Guild of the Philippines.


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