Thursday, May 05, 2005

Killing of Journalists

Killing of Journalists

52 journalists killed in Philippines since 1986.

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Monday, May 02, 2005

Promoting a Culture of Peace Through Communicative Action


Signis Asia Charter
Promoting A Culture of Peace Through Communicative Action (2004)

With the purpose of promoting authentic and dynamic unity, genuine advancement of peoples and sustainability of societies, we urge that the following forms of communication be used to foster a Culture of Peace.

5.2.1 Exposé Communication

The culture of violence manifests itself in many ways. In some cases, what is visible hides a more pernicious reality. Latent causes are, therefore, not available for public scrutiny and attention. In some other cases, acts/events of conflict or violence are far away from social attention. (Asia has regions and spaces that have not been explored, and therefore, are not available for public attention.) Such acts/events need to be drawn and presented for public attention and intervention. Both the situations above require investigative and exposé communication, which involves the important aspect of ‘backgrounding’ the issues.

5.2.2 Transparency in communication

Genuine communication requires exchanges where the intentions and purposes of those engaged in communication, whether individual or mass, are clear and honest. While this principle may not be applied in life-threatening situations, it is a general principle that promotes trust between communicators, and therefore, promotes a Culture of Peace

5.2.3 Reconciliatory Communication

Inter-communal, inter-religious and inter-state conflicts are a reality in contemporary Asia. This reality involves people living as neighbours and having to interact with each other on a day-to-day basis. Many of the conflicts are civil and they are between ‘brothers and sisters’ within a locality or region. They are also between neighbours, and not an invading army. This general situation in Asia needs to be addressed through reconciliation. Reconciliatory communication is an urgent need to heal communal wounds and scars.

5.2.4 Participatory Communication

In the political arena in contemporary Asia, full and involved political participation of people in public life is still an unrealised reality. The expression of democracy cannot be fully achieved without people’s participation in decision-making that has implications for them and their communities. Participatory communication requires a free and open media. It is an urgent need for the evolution of a democratic Asia and will contribute to overcoming conflicts between individual/communities and the state. It will also contribute to the development of an active civil society.

5.2.5 Dialogical Communication

Asia is multi-ethnic, multi-religious, and multi-lingual; it is a rich multi-cultural haven. This cultural diversity offers a great future for Asia. There is a need to appreciate and to accept the differences in culture and religion without attempting to create a hegemonic standard. A sound but difficult way of resolving differences is through dialogue. Dialoguing requires that people and communities meet as equals, and negotiate their differences for the common good. This is also the message of the New Way of Being Church in Asia, which proposes the dialoguing Church.


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