In the backdrop of the Indo-Pak nuclear war threat, media practitioners, policy makers, NGO representatives and academicians from some 20 countries in Asia Pacific are gathering in Perth Australia from June 26- 28 to discuss the role of media in addressing terrorism and conflict in the region.
The 3-day conference focusing on the theme of 'Media, Terrorism and a Culture of Peace', is being organised by the Asian Media Information &Communication Centre (AMIC), a Singapore-based NGO in association withFriedrich - Ebert Stiftung, Germany, School of Communication & Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Edith, Cowan University, Australia and the PR Academy under the Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts, Singapore.
Dr. Bruce Hoffman, Vice President of Rand Corporation, Washington, USA and Dr. Boaz Ganor, Executive Director of the International Policy Institute for Counter Terrorism, Israel, two of the world's most prominent experts on terrorism will join 40 other speakers in discussing and analysing the role of media in times of conflict and terrorism.
Other prominent speakers include Mohammed Jawhar Hassan, Director General of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies, Malaysia, Prof. Hans - Joachim, Prof. Giessman of the Institute of Peace Research and Security Policy, University of Hamburg, Germany, Prof. David Flint, chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Authority, JavedJabbar, former Information Minister of Pakistan and Ambassador KentonKeith, Vice President of the Meridian International Centre, Chair of the Alliance for International Education and Cultural Exchange and Bush Administration spokesperson during war on terrorism.
The speakers and delegates will exchange insights and experiences on topics such as media in conflict situations, defining terrorism; media perspectives and biases, reporting race and religion, creating and promoting a culture of peace, managing diversity in a multi-cultural society and media regulation and freedom in times of conflict.