About the Event
From Cambodia to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, local United Nations peacekeeping radio programs have helped mitigate violent conflict and make peaceful elections possible.
In a dozen countries the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations became the provider of trusted national news services, without which transition from civil war to democracy may not have occurred. Nonetheless, a weak exit strategy when the UN peacekeeping missions end can leave broadcast staff dispersed and nations with little independent or professional broadcasting capacity.
A CIMA report by Bill Orme, On the Air, Keeping the Peace: UN Radio’s Unexamined Past and Uncertain Future, reviewed some of the policies and practices that have guided peacekeeping radio in the past and made recommendations on how to face challenges in the future. The report discusses lessons learned from UN peacekeeping radio operations in places such as Angola, East Timor, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.