The International Conference on Media and Conflict (ICMC) 2019 was the first government led academic initiative to highlight the Pakistan media’s role in covering conflict and violence in the country. The conference featured national and internationally renowned academic scholars, senior journalists, government officials, communication experts and counter extremism specialists.

The conference showcased the latest research on media discourse on extremism, terrorism and violence in the country, and also assessed how conflict reporting and peace journalism can be institutionalized both in the media industry and university level across Pakistan.

Conference Objectives

Conference Themes

I: Role of the state in conflict communications & media coverage

  • Panel I: Military action, Political narratives & media.
  • Panel II: State Narrative on Conflict & Media.
  • Panel III: Pakistan & Conflict: Intl. Media Perspectives.


II: Media narratives on intra-faith and anti-minority violence

  • Panel I: Media Perspective & Religious violence.
  • Panel II: Anti Minority Violence & Media Narratives.
  • Panel III: Communication & the State: TLP Case Study.
III: Evolution of terrorist threat and media coverage

  • Panel I: Law Enforcement Agencies, Public perception and media.
  • Panel II: Conflict reporting – Psychological effects on public.
  • Panel III: The rise of terrorism and media response.
  • Panel IV: Terrorist attacks and media coverage.


IV: Social media and conflict

  • Panel I: Social media & hybrid warfare: Pakistan’s challenges.
  • Panel II: Social media, hate speech and the public.
  • Panel III: Fake news and information warfare.
  • Panel IV: Online hate speech and incitement to violence.
  • Panel V: New media communications and conflict.


Dr. Arif Alvi

President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Mr. Fawad Chaudhry

Federal Information Minister

Mr. Shafqat Mahmood

Federal Education Minister

Mr. Shehryar Afridi

Federal Interior Minister


International Peace Research Institute


University of Loughborough, UK

Dr. Rune Ottosen

Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway

Dr. Elisabeth Eide

Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway

Dr. Jake Lynch

University of Sydney, Australia

Dr. Hassan Abbas

National Defence University, USA

Mr. Owen Bennett Jones

Sr. Journalist, UK

Dr. Erin Marie Saltman

Facebook, Uk

Ms. Margareth Louise Sander

Facebook, UK

Zaffar Abbas

Editor DAWN

Fahd Husain

Editor Express Tribune, Executive Director News Express News

Hamid Mir


Mahim Maher

SAMAA Digital

Haroon Rasheed

The Independent (UK) - Pakistan

Mubashar Zaidi


Wusatullah Khan

BBC Urdu

Ahmed Waleed


Khurshid Nadeem

Dunya TV

Quatrina Hosain

Senior Journalist

Dr. Anjum Zia

Lahore College for Women University

Dr. Syed Abdul Siraj

Bahria University Islamabad

Dr. Bushra H. Rehman

Association of Media and Communications Academic Professionals (AMCAP)

Dr. Seemi Naghmana

University of Karachi

Messages from speakers

ICMC 2019 in media

Conference Highlights

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Key Stats of ICMC 2019

1st international event in Pakistan on the role of media in CVE

50 natl. & intl. participants from US, UK, Norway and Australia.

45 research studies and papers 

1.2+mn reach on FB & 20+mn reach on Twitter

ICMC 2019 Partners





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