This paper summarises a systematic evidence review by Schoemaker and Stremlau (forthcoming), entitled Media and Conflict: an assessment of the evidence. It discusses the strength of the evidence that currently exists around the role of media and information in periods of conflict and political change.
- The evidence suggests the need for caution when planning interventions using media and technology for political change.
- Interventions using media and technology in fragile and conflict affected situations should be viewed as innovative rather than tried and tested.
- The media appears to play a different role in the developing world than is often assumed, and local realities are insufficiently explored and understood.
- Rigorous evaluations should be a key component of future media interventions.
Anon. The media and conflict: An assessment of the evidence. Justice and Security Research Programme (JSRP), UK (2013) 3 pp.