State, Media and Migrant Flows

Panel 2: Media’s Influence on Global Humanitarian Response: Insights from Congo, Gaza, and Sudan

June 20, 2024 | 9:00 a.m. (ET) / 3:00 p.m. (CET) / 6:30 p.m. (IST) | Virtual

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This panel will explore the pivotal role that media coverage plays in influencing international aid and responses to humanitarian crises. By examining case studies from each region to highlight how media representation, or lack thereof, affects the scale and nature of international aid, diplomatic interventions, and public advocacy efforts.

In Congo, the ongoing conflict and resultant humanitarian crisis have often been underreported, leading to a disparity in global awareness and response compared to other crises. Conversely, the situation in Gaza frequently garners significant media attention, which influences public perception and geopolitical dynamics, often resulting in polarized responses that complicate humanitarian efforts. Sudan presents a complex case where fluctuating media focus has led to inconsistent international engagement, particularly in the face of evolving political landscapes and humanitarian needs.

Hence, the panel will further analyze the ethical responsibilities of media organizations in covering these crises, the challenges journalists face in these volatile environments, and the role of social media in amplifying or distorting the realities on the ground. By comparing the media strategies and public responses across these contexts, the discussion aims to identify patterns and propose strategies for more effective and equitable media coverage, thereby enhancing global humanitarian responses. This comprehensive examination will provide insights into how enhanced media coverage and informed public awareness can lead to more sustained and effective global interventions, ultimately contributing to the alleviation of human suffering in these regions.

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