Who is MAP?
MAP is the Media Association for Peace, the first non-governmental organization in Lebanon, the Middle East and North Africa region dedicated to work on the role of Media in Peacebuilding, Conflict Transformation and Social Change through the concept of Peace Journalism.
It is non-partisan, non-governmental, youth-led organization, founded in 2013 by the journalist and peace activist Ms. Vanessa Bassil.
MAP was registered in 2013 under the number 812 at the Lebanese Ministry of Interior. The name of the organization is inspired by the metaphor of Peace Journalism that is defined as a “new road MAP” for journalists (Lynch & McGoldrick 2005).
Mission & Vision
The vision of MAP is to get to media that play an essential role in peacebuilding especially in conflict and post-conflict areas while enhancing Human Rights, Dialogue, Reconciliation, Citizenship, Gender Equality, Environmental Awareness, Sustainable Development and Social Justice in order to reach a less violent, more peaceful world.
For that, MAP’s mission is spreading, advocating, training, developing, practicing, and researching the model of Peace Journalism through workshops, trainings, seminars, conferences, public discussions, reporting projects and publications, while creating strong support networks, in Lebanon, the MENA region and all over the world.
At , we believe in: Humanity, Love, Peace, Justice, Integrity, Respect, Non-violence, Solidarity, Dialogue, Diversity, Openness and Teamwork.
What is Peace Journalism?
Peace Journalism is when editors and reporters make choices of what stories to report, and how to report them – that create opportunities for society at large to consider and value non-violent responses to conflict (…)
It uses the insights of conflict analysis and transformation to update the concepts of balance, fairness and accuracy in reporting. (…) It is peace, truth, people, and solution-oriented” (Lynch & McGoldrick 2005).