Final draft Document of the conference




Of the International Conference on the Role of Media in Countering Terrorism

 Limassol, Republic of Cyprus

October 23rd, 2019.

We, the participants of the International Conference, which was dedicated to the role of Media in Countering terrorism, have stated a noticeable changes in the international politics, media realm and audience for the last few years and, in particular, the significant interrelation between terrorism and far-right movements in many countries.

Participants of the Conference have expressed their opinions on current state of affairs and underlined that the main objective of the international journalism should be a development of an intellectual approach to countering the ideology of terrorism.

In particular, the Conference draws an attention of all journalists to the following questions:

  • How can a professional journalist maintain confidence of Audience in the era of fake news?
  • How to mobilise bloggers and you-tubers for the fight against terrorism and hate propaganda?
  • Are there any new ways and means of co-operation between mass media agencies, diplomatic services and law enforcement institutions in countering terrorism?

The Conference highly evaluate contribution of the “Kaspersky Lab” and its presentation on current threats in Internet and dangers of cyberterrorism.

Participants of the Conference pointed out the fruitful contribution to its works coming from representatives of many national, public and State organizations, including the Union of Journalists of Cyprus and Union of the Journalists of Russia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus and Russian Federation, the Federal Agency for press and mass communications of the Russian Federation.

Participants of the Conference expressed their confidence that the organizing committee will accept the invitation of the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, to organise the next International Conference on the Role of Media in countering terrorism in the year 2020 in Cyprus.

The Conference recommends to the International Academy of Television and Radio (IATR) establishment of a working group of the Conference welcoming any additions, corrections and comments to this document from all the participants before October 31st 2019. Thereafter, the Edited text of the Final Document will be published in mass media in various countries and submitted to the competent national and international organizations.