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from the lecture room
PEACE BUILDING THROUGH RADIO
  submitted by:
     
"Radio is not only a simple mass communication tool. With commitment, it can be used as a peace building tool at community level. To fulfill this role, a radio can serve as a common ground for open discussion among rival parties. Also, it can serve to provide accurate, unbiased information to help avoid misunderstandings. Particularly in Cambodian society, which was well known in the past to be a tolerant society, this role of radio can help ease the violence and bring the past reputation of Cambodian society back to the present time ..."  
Peou Chivoin
"To create a good program to help build internal peace, the producer needs to prioritize the listeners' participation. It is important to get the listeners talk and share their experiences. Through talking, sharing with one another deepens their mutual understanding. Moreover, since nearly 90 % of Cambodians are Buddhists, the discussion (between anchor people and listeners) should include the peaceful notion of the philosophy of Buddhism ..."  
Seng Bopah
"The intended program will be all about something authentic and so local, such as discussion about the Tribunal of the Khmer Rouge leaders. The theme should cover local people's perceptions of and attitudes towards the trial, how they think of the trial, do they think that the trial will get rid of the legacy left by the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1979, and does the trial guarantee justice for all ..."  
Lim Khy
"A survey done in early 2004 shows a lot of support for a local radio that deals mainly with local issues. To them the most interesting program would be a local crime ... by the word 'local crime' one means the crimes that occur in their neighborhood. An explanation for the wants of such programs is the curiosity of Cambodian people to know whatever happens in their neighborhood in order to (1) show sympathy toward their neighbor and (2) protect themselves from the similar crime and thus reduce the crime in the community ..."  
Chea Chou
"Solidarity or separation, admiration or detest, understanding or misunderstanding amongst the people in the community is determined by the stance of the station whose elements are the owner, the producers, the reporters, the presenters, the DJs etc. Radio has a very power of brainwashing. Playing it right, it benefits the society; but one can make it the other way around ..."  
Mom C. Soleil

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