Radio empowers survivors and vulnerable people, whose right to privacy is to be respected.
Radio is a powerful medium before, during and after an emergency or a disaster. Radio helps to provide dignity to survivors and vulnerable people, including in refugee camps.
Key Messages to explore on or around World Radio Day
- In times of emergency and disaster, radio remains active and close to the people most affected. It provides a unique way of reuniting loved ones and can help alleviate the concerns of people affected by a disaster in real time.
- Emergencies and disasters weaken people and break social links. Populations tend to believe in various unverified rumours about looting, social unrest and lawlessness, which radio can rectify or exacerbate. A disproportionate emphasis on social disorder by media can reinforce the discourse calling for greater control and restriction of basic freedoms.
- Radio aids humanitarian workers and decision-makers by framing the disaster authentically and fostering informed attitudes to such interventions.
- Respecting people’s privacy and dignity remains paramount for ethical media coverage.
- Pluralistic reporting of major crises or disasters is vital to respect thedignity of survivors, maintaining their spirit of equity and justice - wherever or whatever the disaster is, all human lives are equal. Hate speech has no place in the covering of emergency situations
Check out the "Radio in a Box" initiative to find out how radio can empower and bring dignity to refugees in camps.