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Media for peace

Journalism that creates peace

Use journalism to create access to information in crisis regions. Together with and the Universität der Bundeswehr München, we are enable peace in crisis regions through journalism. In our new Media for Peace fellowship program, we'll work with you to develop ways to support journalism in Lebanon and Afghanistan that de-escalates and promotes peace.

In the Media for Peace Podcast we report in German and English on all the latest news and progress of the project. Listen now!

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On our peace mission

How can journalistic offerings in Lebanon and Afghanistan be de-escalating and peace-building? Through research, prototyping and innovation methods, the Media for Peace fellows develop content formats, platforms or technologies with which journalism can achieve more peace in both regions.

We have deliberately chosen two very different countries; a country whose everyday life has been marked by war and conflict for a long time and a country in post-conflict status. This difference enables us to take a comparative approach, especially with regard to the question of how peace processes, supported by journalism, can succeed.

Get to know the

FELLOWS of the project



Darine is a front-end and a UI/UX engineer. Her main mission is to turn ideas into reality by building first product prototypes and transforming it to a fully functional front-end solution that takes online presences to the next level.



Omid is a journalist with experience in news writing, reporting, and anchoring for several national and international broadcasters. He is also a skilled public speaker and received multiple awards and prizes for his works in Afghanistan



Laura is a multimedia editor with nine years of experience. She has expertise on the coverage of armed conflicts, human rights issues, and peacebuilding. Also interested in promoting and applying solutions journalism to counter excessive negativism in the media.



Timour is the owner and founder of “studiomonaco”, a Munich-based agency focussing on strategic conception and communication for industry, services, and NGOs as well as CEO- & Change-Communication. He led various editorial teams and - if time allows - works as a freelance journalist.



Radka combines a data analysis background with strong peace journalism knowledge. She is part of multiple international communities and networks intersecting media, digital innovation, and peace. Additionally, she speaks multiple languages and helped to create and launch digital platforms during her time at UNICEF Serbia.



Ali is a former CS lecturer and a Frontend Web developer, focusing on JavaScript development. He is well-experienced at the intersection of prototyping and front-end development. Ali is motivated, believes in teamwork, and is passionate about learning every day.



Elie is a backend software engineer, with a focus building backend solutions that power online presences. He can work on front-end issues and he is well-experienced with user-centric approaches while being specialized in backend engineering.



Elie combines multimedia conception, marketing and product development. He has a strong ability to switch between high-level concepts and strategies but go in full hands-on with marketing, user research, and testing.



Julia works as a freelance journalist for some of the major German media outlets. She is well-experienced in developing and launching small digital formats like podcasts and knows how to set up tech projects on her own.



Musa is a writer and an expert on cultural sensitivities and the societal structure of Afghanistan, South Asia and the Middle East. He was a program manager for a large peace-building and conflict transformation project and helped to build an ecosystem of peace-oriented services. He speaks multiple languages and has worked extensively with refugees, newcomers, internally displaced people and minorities.



Shafi is an award-winning multimedia journalist and writer who has been covering Afghanistan for the past 8 years, including reporting on the 2021 Taliban takeover. He has covered the conflict in Afghanistan, the 2020 US withdrawal agreement, peace negotiations between Taliban and government of Afghanistan, women’s rights and the threat from the Islamic State.


Media for Peace journey


Media for Peace Kick-off

On 04.10.2022 the hybrid kick-off for Media for Peace (M4P) took place! From over 100 applications, 11 media professionals from Afghanistan, Lebanon and Germany, among others, were selected to work together on a digital solution for more peacebuilding journalism in the crisis areas of Afghanistan and Lebanon.


Conference Day Beirut

Instead of just thinking theoretically about peace-oriented journalism, we traveled to Beirut with the fellows and partners of the project. The program included a symposium held by the University of the German Armed Forces in Munich and the Conference Day, where the fellows presented their research findings to stakeholders.


Project Pitch Event Perugia

Two exciting prototype ideas around dialog-promoting formats were presented by the Fellows at the event on April 20 in Perugia as part of the IFJ. The invited guests were able to see the prototypes and the idea and development processes for themselves during the presentation and the subsequent get-together.

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Questions about the Media for Peace program

Can I also start an innovative programme with you?

Of course! We are happy about cooperation partnerships and great ideas that deal with innovative approaches for and in the media industry. Just write to us at

I am also looking at new approaches to journalism. Can I join Media for Peace?

The team for Media for Peace is already fully staffed. But perhaps other forms of cooperation are possible. Just write us an email.

Do you have other funding programmes besides Media for Peace?

We actually have a lot of opportunities to support innovative media ideas. Just have a look at our funding programmes.

Any question about the M4P program?