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Humanitarianism and the Media Panel Debate

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 17:30 to 19:00
Venue: 
John Snow Lecture Theatre, LSHTM, Keppel Street, London, WC1E 7HT, UK
Speaker: 
Gregory Kent, Roehampton University | Polly Markandya, Head of Communications Médecins Sans Frontières UK | Tim Markham, Birkbeck College | Francis Rolt, Director, Radio for Peace Building

Part of the Bloomsbury Debate Series, see LSHTM webpages for more details.

A collaboration of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Birkbeck College, and Medecins Sans Frontiere. The Bloomsbury Debates seek to discuss key contemporary issues in the humanitarian sector, with speakers from programming, policy and academic perspectives.

With a recent report by the International Broadcasting Trust highlighting the strained relations between journalists and humanitarian relief agencies, questions over the role of the media in humanitarian crises have once more hit the headlines.

The Bloomsbury Humanitarian Debate probed this complex and often fraught relationship, considering the best ways of covering humanitarian emergencies without hiding their specific political and social contexts.

Can we represent suffering of distant strangers without sensationalism and victimhood? What ethical or political considerations should guide the interactions between humanitarian agencies and media outlets? Are humanitarian needs and news production necessarily at loggerheads?

Speakers:

Gregory Kent, Roehampton University
Polly Markandya, Head of Communications, Médecins Sans Frontières, UK
Tim Markham, Birkbeck College
Francis Rolt, Director, Radio for Peace Building

Contact: Karl Blanchet
Email: Karl.Blanchet@lshtm.ac.uk
More information: https://bloomsburyhumanitariandebate2015.eventbrite.co.uk

Picture: DFID on Flickr. Andrew Mitchell, UK Secretary of State for International Development in 2011, gives an interview to BBC Radio in Dadaab, Kenya

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