COMUNICATION

Communication Professionals Share Their Experience in International Conflicts

More than four hundred people registered for the “Revealing Conflicts. Journalism and Communication for International Cooperation’” sessions, which have been inaugurated at the auditorium of the Faculty of Documentation and Communication Sciences of the University of Extremadura in Badajoz today. This event is organised by the European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation and the Extremaduran Agency for International Development Cooperation (AEXCID). The talks, which are streamed, are directed by the journalist from Don Benito Ángel Sastre, who was awarded the Medal of Extremadura in 2018. (16/02/2022)

The vice-rector of Students, Employment and Mobility of the University of Extremadura, Rocío Yuste, participated in the opening of the event. She thanked the organisers for the opportunity to bring these sessions over to the university, a place which in addition to research and internships, “also needs direct contact with professionals”. In this manner, she stressed the importance of holding these sessions at the Faculty of Documentation and Communication Sciences, “since it can be a great opportunity for students, not only to know the first-hand difficulties encountered to carry out research work, but also to create future networking groups”.
The director general of the Extremaduran Agency for International Development Cooperation, Ángel Calle, for his part, pointed out that it is very important for the AEXCID to support this type of initiatives that foster great alliances “to combat, reverse and, above all, to know the truth about the international conflicts that generate those enormous inequality gaps”.

Finally, the director of Yuste Foundation, Juan Carlos Moreno, highlighted the work of communication professionals noting that “the work, texts, photographs and communication reportages of all kind are the key that must open the consciences of all and should be the spotlight that illuminates where the action of public administrations should be directed, because you’re aim will surely be the most needy and those who find themselves in the most unequal circumstances”.
The director of Yuste Foundation also denounced in his speech that “a short distance from where we are standing, people are still living and dying as they have always lived and died: with an empty stomach, with a weapon in hand or defeated by a disease that would have a cure anywhere else in the world”.

The director of the magazine 5W, Agus Morales, participated in today’s session affirming that journalism is, above all, “a look because it is not the same to see than it is to look, and I believe that the media is increasingly losing the ability to look and this is something that should be recovered”.

The photojournalist and award-winner of the 1st World Press Photo 2021 in the category of Contemporary Issues, Pablo Tosco, showed the daily lives of women in Africa in his photos; through his images, he exposed poverty, exclusion, inequality, wars and man as a result of political decisions that need to be changed. The correspondent for El País in the Middle East from 2008 to 2021 and author of the book Balas para todas, Natalia Sancha, reflected through her images on how the progressive immersion of women in the coverings of conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa has transformed the narrative sustained for many years in the last decade.

The sessions “Revealing Conflicts. Journalism and Communication for International Cooperation” will continue tomorrow with the speech “De Norte a Sur: cómo comunicar desde un continente donde las venas siguen abiertas”, which will be shared by the Extremaduran reporter Ángel Sastre; the correspondent of El País in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, Jacobo García and El Mundo’s correspondent in Colombia, Salud Hernández-Mora. The session will end with the speech “Los conflictos que nos rodean y merecen ser contados”, presented by three Extremaduran journalists: the freelance reporter from Badajoz, Roberto Palomo; the Extremaduran journalist specialised in International Cooperation and Human Rights, Silvia Arjona, who currently resides in Colombia, and the photographer from Badajoz, Blanca González.
The sessions “Revealing Conflicts. Journalism and Communication for International Cooperation” is a project of the Extremaduran Agency for International Development Cooperation (AEXCID), which is carried out by the European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation within its “Aula Abierta” programme.

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Video presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGS147Lj95E