Meet Antonio C. S. Rosa, Pioneer in Peace Journalism – Be the Change: Enter Peace Journalism (Parts 1 & 2)


Sebastian Eck, Antonio C. S. Rosa | Galtung Institut – TRANSCEND Media Service

Part 1: “TMS HAS INTEGRITY”: Meet the man behind TRANSCEND Media Service


Part 2: Peace Journalism, a New Paradigm for Journalists Covering Conflict Situations


Sebastian Eck is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development  Environment, a “Personal Conflict Transformation Coach” and the resident Peace Journalist at the Galtung-Institut in Grenzach, Germany. His key topics of concern are ecology, environment and permaculture. He is currently working on interviewing TRANSCEND members for the Network. His special fields of interest are coaching & creating value for people, solving conflicts at the micro-level and permaculture as a crisis prevention measure.

Antonio Carlos da Silva Rosa, born 1946, is founder-editor of the pioneering Peace Journalism website, TRANSCEND Media Service-TMS (from 2008), an assistant to Prof. Johan Galtung, Secretary of the International Board of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment, and recipient of the Psychologists for Social Responsibility’s 2017 Anthony J. Marsella Prize for the Psychology of Peace and Social Justice. He completed the required coursework for a Ph.D. in Political Science-Peace Studies (1994), has a Masters in Political Science-International Relations (1990), and a B.A. in Communication (1988) from the University of Hawai’i. Originally from Brazil, he lives presently in Porto, Portugal. Antonio was educated in the USA where he lived for 20 years; in Europe-India since 1994. Books: Transcender e Transformar: Uma Introdução ao Trabalho de Conflitos (from Johan Galtung, translation to Portuguese, 2004); Peace Journalism: 80 Galtung Editorials on War and Peace (2010, editor); Cobertura de Conflitos: Jornalismo para a Paz (from Johan Galtung, Jake Lynch & Annabel McGoldrick, translation to Portuguese, 2010). TMS articles by Antonio HERE.Videos HERE and HERE.



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2 Responses to “Meet Antonio C. S. Rosa, Pioneer in Peace Journalism – Be the Change: Enter Peace Journalism (Parts 1 & 2)”

  1. Poka Laenui says:

    I very much appreciated the Antonio Rosa interview as he set out the distinction between peace journalism as opposed to the commercial journalism based on concentrating and sometimes exacerbating the violence within the story. It was especially useful to see an analytical framework to describe peace journalism using the Diagnosis, Prognosis and Therapy approach of medical care and brought into practical use by Johan Galtung in the analysis of peace work.
    Seems to me a paper should accompany this video interview, perhaps expanding on these three specific areas,
    1) Diagnosis: Not merely on the description of the violence and the surface conflict between competing forces as usually reflected in opposing parties in the violence, but to look deeper into the conflicting values, explicit and hidden interest of the parties and forces or people behind these parties, examination of the deep cultural, religious, historical, economic and political interests behind these conflicts; as well as an exposition of those other aspects of the society which also exist beyond the violence, the love and kindness, the humanity, the sharing and systems created to allow parts of the society to circle or circumvent the conflict whenever possible, giving credence to the positive aspects of a society undergoing violence. Focus not only on the war-lords but also on the peace promoters, and if possible, on the youth and children, the artists and poets, and how they construct their world and values they would like to see promoted.
    2) Prognosis: Projecting the continuation of the violence into the near and distant future and where it would take the society, and a contrary projection of the voices of the promoters of non-violence, of cooperation, and of reaching reasonable and respectful solutions beyond the conflict.
    3) Therapy: Having media introducing and questioning new and even old propositions for resolving the violence, bringing about understanding of the conflicting values, interests, personalities and biases, of the religious, historical and political differences and commonalities among the conflicting as well as the innocent non-conflicting interests. This aspect of peace journalism should be a continuing engagement and not a simply singular reporting event. It requires a constant assertion of the journalist into the conflict, a wise determination of when to assert oneself and when to let the boiling waters cool. It requires fairness, equality and equity among all voices, including those of non-conflicting parties but who are impacted by the conflict or by the resolution of such conflict.
    This type of journalism, however, takes the role of media on a new journey beyond what I had previously thought journalism should play, as the 4th estate which brings about transparency among the shenanigans and affairs of the first three, civil society, capital and government. Now, peace journalism is taking media beyond mere transparency for a democratic society to understand the workings of these three estates, and from that understanding to bring about democratic adjustments. Peace journalism can still work toward transparency, but it should also look beyond and assert values of a positive peace within its work.
    Thank you, Dr. Rosa for your very interesting explication of peace journalism.

    • Dear Poka, many thanks for your very pertinent remarks and suggestions. I am not sure I would be able to write such a piece in the near future but thank you for the idea and inspiration, based on Johan Galtung’s method.

      However, I believe some of your points are addressed in this short explanation of Peace Journalism by an expert, Jake Lynch:

      Big hug my friend, I hope all is well in my beautiful Honolulu, also with you.