|WACC condemns violence as non-communication|
|Monday, 25 July 2011 12:38|
The letter pointed out that there are too many examples today of “war as the continuation of politics by other means”. WACC and its members promote peaceful ways of challenging political systems, ways that are positive and democratic, and that can express dissatisfaction without resorting to the extremes of violence. “Informal dialogue, formal public debate, citizens’ power, and even civil disobedience can lead to change in political processes and decision-making persuasively and non-violently,” Achtelstetter said.
WACC hopes that those responsible for mass and community media will play a vital role in such public debates, offering fair, balanced, and nuanced accounts of political and social questions. Since the media are in a position to advocate peaceful solutions to strife, it is vital to provide spaces for alternative points of view that are critical while remaining tolerant and sympathetic.
“Freedom of expression is not, and never was, the freedom to sow dissension and hatred,” wrote Achtelstetter. “It is the right to communicate constructively and positively in a spirit of a shared humanity.”