4th Global Media Forum and 3rd GPPAC Panel
Human rights and globalization — challenges to the media” is the theme of the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum in Bonn. For its fourth occurrence from June 20 to 22, 2011, Deutsche Welle once again expects more than 1,300 participants from around the world. For more information see www.dw-gmf.de. For the third consecutive year, GPPAC will be organizing a panel during the Forum. This year the theme will be ‘True Security and Human Rights in a Globalizing World’.
Speakers will be Mr. Victor García Zapata – from Servicios y Asesoría para la Paz (SERAPAZ), Mexico, GPPAC North America – Mr. Mark Belinsky – Founder and Co-director of Digital Democracy and advisor to the GPPAC Public Outreach Programme – and Ms. Marte Hellema – Programme Manager Public Outreach at the GPPAC Global Secretariat based in the Netherlands.
Presenters will discuss how armed conflicts and insecurity are increasingly linking different places around the world to each other. In the mean time, despite the financial crisis and its aftershocks around the globe, there seems to be a sustained upward trend in military spending, arms production and arms transfers around the globe. These developments combined are an indication of the dominating perception that military responses to risks of conflict are the most effective means of ensuring security and stability. That these measures often breach human rights, seems to be taken as an unfortunate side effect.
The media have been instrumental in creating this myth. The sensationalising of military missions by the media and the overlooking of the human stories that are linked to such processes follow the same pattern and overshadow the ability to formulate alternatives to come to peace and stability. What is ultimately needed is recognition that current security measures will be ineffective in the long-term and that a radical rethinking of what is meant by ‘security’ is long overdue – And for the media to play a role in promoting such new thinking.