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IWPR To Host Justice Reporting Conference

Day-long event marking centenary of Hague Peace Palace will provide insights into media coverage of conflict.

The role of media in reporting conflict and justice are to be explored in a day of workshops, films and master classes hosted by IWPR in The Hague next month.

The events form part of the celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the Peace Palace, the building in The Hague which houses the International Court of Justice. The centenary conference day, headlined "Whose truth, whose justice? The role of the media in conflict and justice", will take place on September 5th, 2013.

Senior journalists and editors from IWPR will provide insights into the challenges of covering both war and international justice processes. Sessions during the day will explore how media scrutiny can help highlight the plight of those suffering from the consequences of conflict and mobilise people to find peaceful solutions, whether in the Balkans, Afghanistan or Syria.

As the International Criminal Court in The Hague prepares to start two trials relating to the bloodshed in Kenya that followed a disputed presidential election in December 2007, Nzau Musau, a Kenyan journalist who writes for IWPR contributor, will be discussing how justice issues can be reported in the aftermath of violence.

A three-hour master class on war crimes reporting, run by four IWPR editors and journalists, will give students and young professionals a chance to gain valuable insights and hone their practical skills. The registration fee (for the master class only) can be waived by application to IWPR.

The sessions will also include a panel discussion on how well the media report on international justice processes, a session on transitional justice in Afghanistan, and a tutorial on the complexities of covering conflict.

"Injustices need to be exposed and justice needs to be made visible. That is what drives our journalists,” Marcel Smits, IWPR’s International Justice Programme Director, said. “This upcoming event is a rare opportunity for IWPR journalists and editors to share the challenges they face when reporting on conflict and its aftermath.”

Other events during the centenary conference day includes World Press Photo 2013, exhibited in the Peace Palace, and a screening of the award-winning film “Give Up Tomorrow”, a documentary on a high-profile murder case in the Philippines.

To register for the centenary day, see

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