Media Coverage on Woman in a Conflict Area

Monday, February 16th, 2009, 00:00 WIB

Media Coverage on Woman in a Conflict Area

Case Study in Poso, Indonesia

This research will analyze how the local newspapers in Palu, Central Sulawesi portrayed women during the Poso conflict (1998 – 2003). The present argument is that women in conflict reporting are often depicted as passive victims, such as in the case of sexual harassment, rape, and murder. The women’s effort in peace building and their effort as an active agent of the family survival were rarely covered by the media. My previous research on “Framing conflict news in Poso” (2005) indicated that women’s perspective in the local media was often ignored, while men’s view dominated the news.
The research also concluded that the local media often used provocative language and images in describing the conflict news. The conflict news obviously had a bias reporting, both in terms of religious affiliation and gender perspective. This can be explained that the local journalists during the conflict had less understanding or skill in peace reporting and gender viewpoint. In addition, the local journalists were part of the victims and had difficulties to avoid their personal perspectives.

About the speaker:
Elis Zuliati Anis obtained her M.A. in Communication from Ohio University, U.S.A and CRCS UGM. She is currently working as the Office Manager of ICRS-Yogya. Her main research interests include Media and Conflict Resolution, Gender and Media, Communication and Development, Participatory Communication, and Inter Religious Dialogue.

Date: Wednesday, 18 February 2009
Time: 12.30 pm – 2.30 pm (free lunch)
Venue: Room 306, UGM Graduate School Teknika Utara Pogung YKT

Elis Zuliati Anis, M.A.

The forum is free of charge and on a first-come-first basis.

Contact person:
Maufur ipung (ICRS): maufur_nd@yahoo. com