‘Responding to extremisms: media roles and responsibilities’, Bournemouth University, 15 July 2011
The oxygen of publicity or the right to a platform? How are different forms of extremism covered in our national media, and does this serve to marginalise or legitimise extremist groups? What are the media strategies of these groups, and what potential do social media have to change their prospects? What are or should be the relations between media professionals and police and security services, community organisations and other stakeholders? How will the media influence the success or otherwise of the soon to be revised PREVENT strategy?
On Friday 15th July, Bournemouth University hosted a one-day conference at Bournemouth University’s Executive Business Centre. The conference focused on extremism and in particular the media roles and responses to extremism. It was organised by Bournemouth University’s Media School and was run by CERB, the Containing Extremism Research Briefing (http://www.cerb.ws).
CERB is a growing database of summaries of research articles related to various forms of contemporary extremism, with focus on its psychosocial dimensions and the role of the media. The CERB conference brought together various academics, journalists and speakers involved in responding to political or violent extremism, discussing such topics as:
– How should media report the EDL?
– Freedom of Information vs National Security: Why Wikileaks adds a new dimension to an old dilemma
– What do the public think? Attitudes to extremism, violence and freedom of speech
– Counter-terrorism and the media
– Responding to the BNP: the media and the Far Right in contemporary Britain
The conference was be covered live all day, so those who were unable to make it in person could follow the debate live. Check out CERB_WS on Twitter for the tweets or go to the CERB archive for the tweets in chronological order.
For full coverage of the conference, including blogs, videos and podcasts, go to cerb.ws/conference/blog.
The photos, tweets, blogs, videos and podcasts were put together by a team of students from Bournemouth University’s Media School (including myself)
The conference is linked to the development of a web-based resource for people working in this area, the Containing Extremism Research Briefing.