The medias balancing act on conflict and justice


It takes real dedication to take on the task of reporting on conflict and justice. Just ask the journalists who've covered election violence in Kenya, filmed forgotten war victims in Afghanistan, or explained the intricacies of international justice in The Hague.

News media play a crucial role in the exposure of injustice. But for journalists covering conflicts, the challenges, risks and responsibilities of the job can be enormous. So how do they handle these pressures and keep delivering balanced, fair and accurate coverage? What kinds of choices are these reporters confronted with?

Seasoned journalists, editors and bloggers who cover conflict and international justice will answer these questions and more on September 5 2013 at "Whose truth, whose justice? The role of the media in conflict in justice". The event is timed to celebrate the centenary anniversary of the Peace Palace in The Hague.

The panel speakers will include Nzau Musau, Imad Bazzi, Rachel Irwin, Daniella Peled and Janet Anderson from the Institute of War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), and Dutch freelance journalists Heikelien Verrijn Stuart and Kees Schaepman. The event at the Peace Palace will also include an exhibition of the 2013 World Press Photo 2013 and a screening of the award-winning film 'Give up tomorrow'.

Tickets are available via or at the Visitors Center of the Peace Palace.

(Photo: Israeli security man blocks reporters' way during emergency in Tel Aviv. Credit: