Tuesday, 23 June 2015

BICC-Workshop at the Global Media Forum 2015

More than 100 representatives of the media and civil society participated in BICC’s workshop “Fighting gun cultures—Challenges for research, practice, diplomacy and the media” on 23 June 2015 at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum 2015.

“Media and foreign policy” was the topic of the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum, which took place from 22 to 24 June 2015 at the World Conference Center Bonn (WCCB).

Small arms and light weapons (SALW) are responsible for more casualties than any other type of weapon; they aggravate conflicts, destabilise societies and hinder development. Darfur, Sudan, may serve as one of the most striking examples for this. Insecurity creates a vicious cycle, as people consider owning a gun to be the only viable way to protect themselves and their loved ones. 

“The control of small arms and light weapons, including their ammunition, as a key element in crisis prevention and post-conflict peace-building, is one of the German government’s central concerns in the field of conventional arms control,” stresses the German Federal Foreign Office.

The workshop discussed the following questions:

  • What are the motivations for the use of SALW in different regions?
  • How can the media address gun cultures? How can journalism raise awareness, and how can it bring together different groups of actors?
  • Who are the main actors to be involved in SALW control? How can a dialogue be started?
  • How should the international community engage? Can diplomacy be supported by (new) media?

Panellists were:

  • Nikhil Acharya, Technical Advisor of BICC in Darfur, Sudan
  • Thomas Göbel, Head of Divison, German Federal Foreign Office
  • Johanna Holzhauer, Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)

Moderator: Susanne Heinke, BICC

The workshop included the presentation of the video:

“A call for arms” (17 min.,

More information on the BICC workshop:

Programme information:

The workshop started with the documentation "A call for arms".

Johanna Holzhauer (WDR), Thomas Göbel (German Federal Foreign Office), Susanne Heinke (BICC), Nikhil Acharya (BICC) (f.l.t.r.)

Susanne Heinke and Nikhil Acharya (both BICC)

Johanna Holzhauer (WDR) and Thomas Göbel (German Federal Foreign Office)

The plenary chamber as location for BICC's workshop.

Active participation during the workshop.