The role of the press and refugees

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How does the refugee deal with the media? Press coverage was not always easy in 2012, as refugees had fears from the media, due to the political crises occurring in their countries and the dead end of the conflict. At that time, it was difficult to communicate with them without the presence of a mediator, who is one of the officials of the NGOs that provide aid, or a person who has been residing in the country for some time and has contact with the members of his community who mostly live in adjacent residential communities.

The challenges that refugees faced initially were fears of not being accepted in the new society, fear of security persecutions, and the obstacle of the dialect in which they speak.
How can we reduce the tension between refugees and the press?

How can we make the press a tool for the refugee and break his fear of talking about what is happening in their country?

Comments (33)

  • tom Tom @ Topical Talk
    21 Apr 2022

    This is a short post but very important question, willing_imagination. The relationships between the press and refugees have not always been easy - as newspapers can take particular opinions about refugees which can be both helpful and unhelpful. I'm interested to hear what others have to say about your questions, and also any examples of how the press have reacted to refugees in your countries.

    1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 21 Apr 2022

      Yes dear Tom, people are always afraid to give their opinion without having conflicts. How when there are conflicts, fear is greater in anticipation of punishment than the dominant party.

  • British Council.jpg amazing_reflection | Shohour High Public School | Lebanon
    21 Apr 2022

    I totally agree with you willing_imagination. Refugees had and have always the fear of being unaccepted from society or even from the press themselves. I think enhance the relation between refugees and the press for refugees to talk about their needs, their pain, to shout out for all the world to save them, press should move on, should show sympathy toward them that they feel them, they care about them, because press is the voice of the victims of the world.
    But how can they show sympathy?
    Maybe they can spend a day with them, eat, drink with them, wear what they wear and by that they feel like if this journalist is one of them like if they are accepted and not discriminated.

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      amazing_reflection's comment 24 Apr 2022

      I agree with you on this proposal. When they share their lives for one day, the fear within them may be broken

    2. British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
      amazing_reflection's comment 26 Apr 2022

      Why not be positive? The press has a role in helping refugees, for example, in highlighting the refugee issue. It is through them that the issue reaches all parts of the world, and heads of state also agree and find solutions to this problem.

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        appreciative_pear's comment 27 Apr 2022

        I agree with you that the press has a role in the refugee issue, but there is a group of people whose role may not be what it should have.

  • British Council.jpg rational_grape | Makini Academy | Kenya
    21 Apr 2022

    I would like to ask willing imagination a question. Is the refugee being unfair to himself or is it the media being biased toward refugees?

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      rational_grape's comment 21 Apr 2022

      The media is no longer confined to the traditional concept of it in terms of transmitting information only without considering its value, impact and connection to the needs of public opinion... Rather, media practice at all levels and types has become a responsible and conscious message that carries within it the dissemination of useful and influential information, and clarifies its dimensions, causes, effects, mechanisms of solutions and treatment, and methods Prevention and safety, directing the individual, family, and society towards positive behaviors, and warning them against negative ones, as well as spreading culture and thought through openness to the past and orientalization of the future, and openness to the civilizations and cultures of different nations, … and it came to an entertainment role for the media and helping citizens to adopt values ​​and purchasing behaviors from During the advertising activity of the various media messages, this comprehensive concept of the role of the media is constantly growing in light of the tremendous development in the means of communication in general.

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      rational_grape's comment 23 Apr 2022

      From my point of view, I cannot judge, and the reason is that the refugee has his reasons for silence, and the press may have restrictions that prevent publication of some things

  • St Michael's Middle School amusing_attitude | St Michael's Middle School A | United Kingdom
    21 Apr 2022

    I think that the press really does play an important part to understanding refugees because if the refugees feel comfortable to talk then it can help people understand the problems they face and help people empathise with them.

    It is hard and needs trust from the refugees which means that they would have to know the intentions of the press and they would need to know that they would not have it used as a weapon against them.

    I also think that the press need to get it across plainly ,and not emphasise something that isn't there as they sometimes, do to get real meaning and what the refugees say across. It needs the press not to set up the refugees for the response they want and them not to twist what they are saying as to make it a "better story" because if they do then I think that the refugees won't want to speak to the press again.

    The press is a really good way of being able to communicate with refugees but we need to be careful as not to annoy or upset the refugees.

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      amusing_attitude's comment 23 Apr 2022

      From my point of view, when dealing with a particular case of a refugee person, it must be dealt with with great caution, as we do not know what the circumstances of this person are, and perhaps publishing information about him may cause him problems, so the majority remain silent in order to preserve their lives.

  • British Council.jpg champion_elephant | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    21 Apr 2022

    I disagree with willing_imagination the thing is if the press like it or not they must make new about recent happenings but the thing is they cannot blame refugees for their present predicament, they can have personal view, yes but they can't let it influence doing what is right.

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      champion_elephant's comment 23 Apr 2022

      I am glad to hear that from you, and I support your opinion that whatever is true should be shown. We do not hold the refugees fully responsible. There are circumstances that may compel a person to remain silent.

  • British Council.jpg trusting_pear | Shohour High Public School | Lebanon
    22 Apr 2022

    due to the last events, the contact between the press and refugees wasn't fair. In sometimes, the press used to racially discriminate against refugees and be Xenophobitic, i believe that the reason behind this is that the press are native citizens, thinking like them, native citizens have a fear of seeing refugees taking rights like them and being equal to them in a term they steel their rights, not being cautious that those are human rights equal for all, so some want to always feel sympathy towards refugees and having them living a life below them. Then, the press must be restricted, qualified and diversed, also refugees must be strong, challenge and speak up for their rights to live like a human with dignity.

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      trusting_pear's comment 23 Apr 2022

      I agree with you, my friend. The fear that the refugee will become the owner of rights in the country makes the press not show the true reality of the refugees so that society does not sympathize with them.

  • British Council.jpg constructive_moth | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    22 Apr 2022

    I would like to ask willing_imagination a question. Who has the responsibility to close this gap between the refugees and the press? Is it the refugees, the press, we the citizens or the government?

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      constructive_moth's comment 23 Apr 2022

      I think the main reason for this is the fear of punishment. The refugee is afraid to speak, and the journalist may be afraid to publish, and the majority of citizens are indifferent to what does not concern them. As for the government, it is the authority that sets laws restricting the freedom of the press.

  • British Council.jpg aware_painting | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    24 Apr 2022

    The press can be a powerful tool and a media platform to convey the voices of refugees and give them a louder voice, by taking refugee journalists as an important party and taking his opinion on issues related to his life so that he feels his importance and humanity, and that the humanitarian side is present in the press coverage, and away from dealing with asylum in a political nature, And do not forget that the press concerned with refugees searches for issues of interest to the refugee, and not to marginalize some issues that are considered important, such as issues of women, education, children and people with disabilities. True, let the press be the voice and the force on which the refugee relies to make his voice heard to the world and reveal his suffering and needs.

  • British Council.jpg rational_grape | Makini Academy | Kenya
    25 Apr 2022

    I would like to build on your point. In the context of the Syrian refugee crisis, the majority of news images in western media depict refugees as anonymous, faceless masses. These may either render audiences numb to the subjects 'hardship' or simply fail to shift their attitudes, as past research suggests images shape our perceptions of the world and have the capacity to become political forces themselves. While more refugees their lives to cross the English Channel and the Mediterranean, not to mention the Belarus-Poland border, my research has found that the photos of these populations in the media affect how people view and respond to migration issues.

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      rational_grape's comment 25 Apr 2022

      Thanks @rational_grape How do you think the Western media could improve coverage? It is hard for them to give each refugee's personal story, isn't it?

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        Simon @ The Economist's comment 25 Apr 2022

        Maybe what you're saying is true that they can't tell a story for every refugee, but someone might say that because the media is an open window for everyone, it's supposed to be very transparent by reporting events anywhere, anytime and otherwise. I noticed that many media outlets were politicized by one party over the other.

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      rational_grape's comment 25 Apr 2022

      I agree with you, as many media outlets dealt with Syrian refugees with a lot of marginalization, unlike what happened in Ukraine

  • British Council.jpg strong_bird | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    26 Apr 2022

    I do not agree with you my dear
    The press plays a major role in spreading this problem
    It can be said that the press is responsible for negotiating this problem as well, and a solution must be found as well, and the press has a role in spreading sad and happy news about the refugees, and they cannot stop the media about a defect or news that they do not want to show. them and the accuracy of their information
    I have a question: Can refugees leave their country for no reason?
    And the second question: Does the press have the right to hide some facts and evidence from presidents and rulers? Thank you.

    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      strong_bird's comment 26 Apr 2022

      Could I challenge you to answer your own questions there, strong_bird?

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        Katie @ Topical Talk's comment 28 Apr 2022

        Yes, my dear
        The first question: Can refugees leave their country without reason?
        This is not true, because the refugees were originally residents of their country, and this will negatively affect their material and social lives if they leave it. There are reasons to leave:
        1)_ Searching for work: This is the category that most leave their country
        2)_ Asylum: Those who left their country without their will
        3)_ War: This is enough reason to survive in their lives

        The second question: Does the press have the right to hide some facts and evidence from presidents and rulers?
        This is unfair, because the rulers are responsible for the state, its value, its morals, and its corruption.

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          strong_bird's comment 29 Apr 2022

          I do not agree with you on the second part of the answer. No individual has the right to hide the facts about any event. The facts must be revealed no matter what the cost. I also do not agree with you that the state is responsible for corruption. This is a matter that belongs to the person himself. You should have said that the state helps corruption through lax application Laws When it comes to an important person, either we, the individuals, have the full will to choose the path of corruption or not

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      strong_bird's comment 26 Apr 2022

      I agree with you that the press has a role in the refugee issue, but many and many media outlets do not mention the facts as they are, or in other words, things do not appear as they are, although every journalist is looking for a scoop that makes him famous, but sometimes he cannot publish everything he knows

      1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
        willing_imagination's comment 26 Apr 2022

        Is it fair to say that this is the case for every journalist, willing_imagination? How could you phrase your point to make it more true and fair?

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          Katie @ Topical Talk's comment 26 Apr 2022

          We cannot generalize this talk to everyone, and there are honest journalists who are looking for the truth, but publishing this truth may cost them their lives, so you find that the majority do not remember all the facts.

  • British Council.jpg noble_dinosaur | Kfarhatta Secondary Public School | Lebanon
    27 Apr 2022

    That's interesting. I guess it depends on each and every country’s social background, for example the media should use the native language of the country so that it's easier and more comforting when interviewing someone. Moreover the media shouldn't show any political bias towards any political figures and countries which calms the refugees and show that they are compassionate with them and truly supportive. Last but not least, the media should already give the speakers complete freedom of speech, with a blurred face for example to protect his/her identity from fear of killings.

    1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      noble_dinosaur's comment 27 Apr 2022

      Thanks for the comment, but I think that the media may not be able to speak the language of the refugee country, and I certainly agree with you that faces should be hidden in order to preserve the lives of the speakers.

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