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Journal of the Association for Journalism Education UK


In this article, I seek to inform Peace Journalism (PJ) edu­cation and training in conflict-affected countries in par­ticular. Based on a case study of the professional expe­riences of Afghan photojournalists, I offer insights into the acceptability and adoptability of PJ practice by jour­nalists from conflict-affected countries. I present six key findings of a larger study on Afghan photojournalists in this article and discuss the lessons they hold for PJ train­ing in conflict-affected countries. In sections 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, I provide some important theoretical, contextual and methodological background. In section 6, I discuss three professional adversities faced by Afghan photojournal­ists and evaluate the obstacles that implementation of PJ faces as a result of them. In section 7, I describe one professional motivator for Afghan photojournalists and discuss the opportunity it presents for PJ adoption. In section 8, I describe two other constraints faced by Af­ghan photojournalists related specifically to donor-fund­ed media development in post-2001 Afghanistan and dis­cuss their implications for PJ training. Finally in section 9, while noting the limitations of the current study, I of­fer two ways forward for PJ training in conflict-affected countries like Afghanistan.

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Mitra, S. (2017). Adoptability and acceptability of peace journalism among Afghan photojournalists: Lessons for peace journalism training in conflict-affected countries. Journal of the Association for Journalism Education, UK. Vol. 6. Issue 2, 17-27.

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