Media guidelines for reporting hate speech and terrorism in South Asia

The Public Media Alliance is the largest global association of public broadcasters with members in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, Pacific, Asia and sub Saharan Africa. For the past seventy years, the organisation has provided a forum for knowledge exchange, advocacy, research, training and support for content development for public media worldwide. The Public Media Alliance’s current key focus is on supporting public broadcasters as they transition to become public media organisations in the digital age.

The Public Media Alliance is organising a meeting in Chennai, India in October to discuss media guidelines for reporting hate speech and terrorism in South Asia. The consultation will take place a day prior to the Organization of News Ombudsman conference in Chennai on 22nd October and involve senior news editors, managers and senior broadcasters as well as regulators/news ombudsmen from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal and India.

The meeting will discuss the importance of having such guidelines – such as the UNESCO Media and Terrorism guidelines as foundation – authored by Jean Paul Marthoz – and debate recent examples and develop key areas of importance that should be noted when developing specific guidelines for the region. It is hoped that the event will be followed up with a longer workshop next year.