CANADIAN CULTURE OF PEACE PROGRAM ACTION ITEM: FREE FLOW OF INFORMATION

For those that are interested, as part of the Canadian Culture of Peace Program (ref. http://www.peace.ca/canadiancultureofpeaceprogram.htm ) your participation and help with respect to the Culture of Peace Action Item: “free flow of information” and the development of a Culture of Peace News Network will be greatly appreciated. 

 

“Supporting participatory communication and the free flow of information and knowledge by

means of such actions as support for independent media in the promotion of a culture of peace;

effective use of media and mass communications; measures to address the issue of violence in

the media; knowledge and information sharing through new technologies . . .”

(source: Mainstreaming the Culture of Peace at http://www.peace.ca/CCOPPmainstreaming.pdf )

 

As a result of an organizational meeting and the previous work in establishing the Culture of Peace News Network – Canada (“CPNN Canada”) by Tom Rippon of Victoria , we have set up the new email listserver as our tool for communication, networking, discussion and information dissemination related to “free flow of information”.  If you, or someone you know that might be interested in helping to advance a Culture of Peace and Non-violence in Canada through the free flow of information (including media issues and a Culture of Peace News Network, among other things), you can subscribe yourself to the list by following the instruction below (basically clicking on the highlighted link and then send).  Here is the description:  

A Canadian Culture of Peace Program free flow of information email listserver has been set up to facilitate participatory communication and the free flow of information and knowledge by means of such actions as support for independent media in the promotion of a culture of peace; effective use of media and mass communications; measures to address the issue of violence in the media; knowledge and information sharing through new technologies and a Culture of Peace News Network to build a Culture of Peace and Non-violence at home and abroad. There is an emerging consensus among Canadians that the structures and processes which would enhance peace learning of the best possible quality at all levels are not currently available in Canada due to a lack of alternative media resources and the free flow of information. We would hope to begin to fill that void through the creation of a Culture of Peace News Network in Canada ("CPNN-Canada") and a key Stakeholder Group in our Canadian Culture of Peace Program Network. Our vision is to contribute to the creation of a just and peaceful world by using free flow of information, media, education, training, information dissemination and research to build a Culture of Peace and Non-violence. Our Task will be to help inform Canadians, and others, about peace, the creative transformation of conflicts, and skills for living together, to help significantly reduce the human costs of violence at home and abroad. For a more detailed description of our working vision, refer to the background information online at http://www.peace.ca/CCOPPfreeflowofinformation.htm  or contact stewartr [at] peace.ca .  If anyone would like to participate in the Initiative, discussion and developments, then from the email account they wish to have on the listserve, send an empty letter to CCOPPfreeflowofinformation-subscribe@yahoogroups.com . You can also read past correspondence on the CCOPPfreeflowofinformation web site, once registered. Join us on the email listserver for the next round of discussion on free flow of information, media and CPNN-Canada: resources for building the Canadian Culture of Peace Program through information.  Please pass this message to anyone that you might know who might have skills and/or interest.

 

 

Background Reading

Through its strategies, UNESCO is actively contributing to the achievement of the United Nations Millenium Development Goals (September 2000; ref. http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=6331&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html  ):

Communication and Information

  Promoting the free flow of ideas and universal access to information ;
  Promoting the expression of pluralism and cultural diversity in the media and world information networks ;
  Access for all to information and communication technologies, especially in the public domain.

Worldwide Declaration of Sofia on Promoting Independent and Pluralistic Media  http://www.ijnet.org/FE_Article/MEdiaLaw.asp?Terms=&CID=25494&UILang=1&CIdLang=1

Declaration of Santiago on the Development of the Communications Media and Democracy http://www.mexicanadecomunicacion.com.mx/Tables/FMB/mjc/mexican2/declaration.html

UNESCO document - Promoting the Free Flow of Information and the Development of Communication  http://portal.unesco.org/ci/en/ev.php-URL_ID=5356&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html

Covering Violence: How Should Media Handle Conflict? By Danny Schechter - an excellent summary of a two-day forum, where Dr. Johann Galtung's ideas were presented.

HOW JOURNALISTS CAN HELP PEACE by Ray Cunnington - Peace Research Institute Founder says current reporting on war leaves out an important part of the story -- how the conflict can be transcended.

FAQ - Greetings Mr. Stewart!  My name is S and I am a graduate student at George Washington University, Washington DC, currently  studying International Development.  I came across your website as I was completing research for an upcoming project.  The information that I have found on your website is quite helpful.  The title of my project is "The Strength of Media as a Peace Building Tool".  Are there any recommendations that you could make concerning this topic?

Brutality Isn't Child's Play - World Wrestling Federation ("WWF") promoting violence and sexual brutality as appropriate entertainment for children

The Brainwashing War on Us, by Jim Hightower

The Criminalization of Dissent, The Ottawa Citizen Sat 18 Aug 2001 - The complete 5 part series on "the criminalization of dissent"

Words for Press Freedom

Words against Press Freedom