Session VI-B: Media and Peacebuilding: The Impact of Social Media 

Social media have become a catch-all phrase for a spectrum that runs from word-of-mouth rumour to The New York Times and BBC live blogs. They are fast and can have immediate global repercussions. But how much do they really help or hinder efforts to build peace? Are they more relevant than the introduction of printing, radio, television or the Internet itself into fractious societies? To what extent should the law step in to regulate the messages they bring? Addressing these questions, panelists in this session will assess the impact of social media on peacebuilding. 

Moderator:  Mr. Humphrey Hawksley, BBC World Affairs Correspondent, United Kingdom


  • Simon Holberton, Professor of Journalism, United Kingdom
  • Predrag Vujovic, President, Public Relations Business School, Serbia
  • Kiriakos Pierides, Journalist, Association for Social Reform (OPEK), Cyprus
  • Zuheir Bahloul, Member of the Knesset, Israel



Prof. Simon Holberton

Thank you very much. I’m delighted to be here day to participate in this discussion. I’d like to start by saying a few words about the state of social media today. Then, I want to move to consider (briefly) some of threats to communication across social networks. And then I want to conclude by looking at a positive development of promoting peace through social media.

Hon. Zuheir Bahloul

Distinguished world leaders, parliamentarians, Ladies and Gentlemen, it's a great honor and privilege for me to share with you a few thoughts about the topic our chairman has articulated.

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