Price of war is expensive, let’s seek for peace – Ameyibor

Istanbul, Turkey, Nov. 22, GNA – Mr Francis
Ameyibor, a Deputy News Editor, Ghana News Agency, has noted that the price of
war is expensive therefore the international community must commit to “buy
peace at the price of war,” in the Palestinian and Israeli conflict.

He said the price of war was expensive in
terms of loss of human lives, destruction of properties, and creation of
internal and external refugees, permanent emotional, psychological and
spiritual trauma. 

“If the world body spend just about 60 per
cent of the total investment for war into peace building initiatives, we would
attain peace in the protracted Palestinian/Israeli conflict,” Mr Ameyibor
stated at the Palestine International Forum for Media and Communication’s third
biennial conference (TAWASUL III) in Istanbul, Turkey.

The conference on the theme: “Palestine
Addressing the World,” was attended by more than 700 participants: journalists,
writers, head of newspapers, radio, and television stations, correspondents,
photographers as well as several prominent intellectuals and public figures
from over 60 countries around the world.

Speaking on the “Palestinian struggle:
Perspective from afar,” Mr Ameyibor noted that in Africa especially the
Christian dominated communities the narrative was that “The struggle is a
Biblical fight against the Israelis to deprive them of their divinely gifted
lands”.

“It is important that everybody is assisted
through neutral media mediums to have a full grasp of the historical facts
about the conflict. This I strongly believe is vital to captivate global
attention and get all to show genuine commitment towards finding a workable and
peaceful solution”.

Mr Ameyibor, noted that the Palestinian Media
Forum, could play a vital role in aiding journalists across the world to
appreciate the real facts without offending the sensitivities of any religion;
“the world needs free, fair, balance, and accurate reportage on the conflict to
make an informed decision”.

He reminder media practitioners that: “we have
the power to preach peace or ignite conflict and war. The words we speak on
radio, and television, what we write online, in the newspapers and other social
media platforms as well as the pictures which accompany these stories set in
motion reaction or inaction in our targeted audience.

“What do we want as media practitioners,
global peace or global war, let’s commit to buy peace at the price of war,” he
told the meeting, adding that long months spent in strategizing as well as huge
funds invested in arms and ammunitions, would not be needed if the feuding
parties substituted peace for the price of war.

Mr Bilal Khalil, Director of the Palestinian
Media Forum explained that: “We are here in Istanbul to bring worldwide media
organizations together to raise awareness about the Palestinian cause.

“Our big aim is to raise awareness on the
universality of the Palestinian cause and create a networking platform for
media professionals from all over the world”.

The TAWASUL III is a specialized conference,
which seeks to open wide horizons for dialogue regarding the various media
issues related to the Palestinian cause.

It also seeks to provide an opportunity to
discuss such issues objectively and professionally in an attempt to form a true
image of the Palestinian cause in the international media.

Topics discussed includes: developing the
global media discourse; what mechanisms can help develop the media discourse;
strategies to confront the discriminatory discourse; addressing normalization
in the Arab media; and what are the tools necessary for a global digital
discourse.

Alongside TAWASUL III, there would be a
training seminar topics such as: field correspondent in conflict and warfare;
writing for pictures; data journalism; making walk and talk reports; building
supportive media advocacy groups; and deception in digital media.

GNA

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