Journalists in dialogue

Project:

Six different Iraqi radio stations simulcast discussion, debate and reports on Iraqi federalism.

Production Runtime:

01 December 2006 to 01 June 2007

Partners:

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)



Starting on March 1, 2007, a network of six radio stations, comprising media outlets from all parts of the country and from different political backgrounds, cooperated to produce ten themed radio shows. The shows focussed on key conflicts around the problems of federalism in Iraq – such as the distribution of oil revenues within the country, the balance of power between the centre and the regions and the implementation of Article 140 of the Iraqi Constitution.

The participating radio stations exchanged reports, material and phone calls during the show, which was simulcast every Monday at 12pm by all participating radio stations. 

The project was initiated to enhance tolerance and mutual understanding among the ethno-religious communities in the country and to increase dialogue in the community via local media.

Before the broadcasts were produced, a workshop was held – editors at the radio stations participated in lectures on the debate around federalism in Iraq and were advised about conflict-sensitive journalism.