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
- The media appears to play a different role in the developing world
than is often assumed, and local realities are insufficiently explored
- Rigorous evaluations should be a key component of future media
JSRP. The media and conflict: An assessment of the evidence. Justice and Security Research Programme (JSRP), UK (2013) 3 pp.