STEPANAKERT—International Alert, as part of the European Partnership for the Peaceful Settlement of the Conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh (EPNK), has launched a joint platform called Unheard Voices that presents reports by local journalists on the experiences of people living in frontline communities on either side of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict divide.
The purpose of Unheard Voices is to ensure that the voices of ordinary people from frontline communities are heard both at home in their own societies and on the other side of the divide. It also provides journalists from the region with a platform for professional development and peer dialogue in order to bring alternatives to belligerent narratives that dominate mainstream media.
The reports are available in Russian on the Unheard Voices Facebook page and also on local media websites.
Unheard Voices is a result of collaborative thinking among the journalists who share an understanding of the importance for the most vulnerable to have a voice. Here we present human stories from people living close to ‘frontlines’, from refugees and IDPs – about the issues they face, living in conditions of ‘no war-no peace’. The stories allow the reader to discover the real lives behind the enemy images.
Since 2011, within EPNK International Alert has been working with local mid-career journalists of leading media outlets who cover the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. This initiative builds on the residential schools for journalists from the region, the third of which was held in London in March 2014.
Unheard Voices forms part of the European Partnership for the Peaceful Settlement of the Conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh (EPNK), an initiative funded by the European Union and carried out by International Alert.