01 February 2018
There are currently over 65 million people around the world who have been forced from their homes, according to the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, but all those who are displaced are not mere statistics.
They are people, something that can be missed by the mass media in reporting on them.
This observation was highlighted in a discussion at the World Council of Churches (WCC) on 30 January when representatives of church groups, the United Nations and a Christian media organization discussed media coverage of refugees at a “tray-lunch” presentation.
The discussion was titled: “Changing the narrative: Media, Migrants and Refugees” under the moderation of WCC director of communications, Marianne Ejdersten.
Participants discussed “Refugees Reporting”, a research and advocacy project conducted in 2017 to support the communication rights of refugees seeking safe passage into and through Europe.