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From starving children to satirical saviours
Rachel Tavernor

The development of social media sites, such as Facebook (founded 2004) and Twitter (founded 2006), has changed humanitarian non-governmental organisations’ (NGOs) media practices and subsequently altered the ways that supporters and publics are engaged. 1 This chapter focuses on a recent movement for NGOs to humour humanitarianism to achieve visibility on social networks

in Global humanitarianism and media culture
Daniel Miller

11 Facebook and the origins of religion Daniel Miller Anthropology is not just an academic discipline; it is inevitably also a particular perspective on the world that orientates our vision differently from, for example, psychology. When a non-academic asks an anthropologist to explain what they do and hears that we study people, they will often follow that up by saying that surely this is equally the province of psychology. We might then suggest that the difference is that most psychology is grounded in a perspective which approaches people as individuals. By

in Framing cosmologies
Mel Bunce

messages of incitement’ ( UN Security Council, 2016 : 10). In one instance, a false news story, published on the website, stated that a general was planning to ‘massacre Equatorians’. The story spread through WhatsApp, YouTube and Facebook as well as offline networks, and was used ‘to mobilize others to take up arms to counter the “attack”’ ( Reeves, 2017 ; see also Lynch, 2017 ). Finally, false news has made it more difficult for relief organisations to operate. Organisations working with migrants in the

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
An Interview with Caroline Abu Sa’Da, General Director of SOS MEDITERRANEE Suisse
Juliano Fiori

’s rights.’ JF: To what extent do these ‘others’ – presumably opponents of search-and-rescue missions in the Med – pose direct challenges to the work SOS is doing? CAS: The Defend Europe people actually aren’t much of a burden. They organise a demonstration every time we arrive somewhere, and they are extremely active on social networks – much more so than we are, that’s for sure. When we publish something on Facebook or Twitter, we end up with thousands of comments from them. I’ve gone from working with MSF in highly insecure environments

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
How IPC Data is Communicated through the Media to Trigger Emergency Responses
François Enten

media do not question the results of the IPC so much as the delays in warning and aid, without triggering a change in international mobilisation. A second wave of media coverage took place at the end of June when the country was closed to international journalists due to health restrictions linked to COVID-19. On 21 June, journalist Gaëlle Borgia, correspondent in Madagascar for AFP, TV 5 Monde and France 24, posted a video on Facebook showing women and children eating

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Sean Healy
Victoria Russell

told that it would be barred entry. This sparked a diplomatic stand-off at sea, until the government of Spain agreed to welcome the ship at the port of Valencia, 1300 kilometres away. Himself a master of the use of social media, Salvini took to Facebook with the news: ‘VICTORY! 629 migrants on board of Aquarius ship, Spain-bound, our first goal has been reached!’ ( Nadeau et al. , 2018 ). On 20 August, Aquarius ’s registration

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Four Conversations with Canadian Communications Officers
Dominique Marshall

, and the increasing flux of digital content. Rosenberg, Danielski, and Falconer were initially journalists in printed newspapers. The publication for which Falconer worked, for instance, progressed towards online reporting; when she left to write freelance assignments for non-profit organizations, she soon found herself writing for digital platforms, composing blogs and Facebook posts. Six years ago, when the CRC offered her a permanent position, she welcomed the opportunity to further this experience with social media in a stable and innovative environment

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Lessons from the MSF Listen Experience
Jake Leyland
Sandrine Tiller
, and
Budhaditya Bhattacharya

120 weekly meetings between MSF Listen users have occurred to interrogate the platform’s content in an interpersonal way. 2 Nicolás Maduro, the president of Venezuela, was eventually suspended from Facebook for violating its misinformation policy after he promoted Carvativir, while Donald Trump has been identified as the key node in global COVID-19 misinformation

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Paul Currion

quantitative data are more highly valued than other approaches or knowledges’ ( Read et al. , 2016 : 7). At a meta level the ethos of humanitarianism innovation itself is suspect. The start-up mantra of ‘move fast and break things’ (the original motto of Facebook) is the opposite of what we want to achieve, since breaking things is how humanitarian crises are created, not how they are resolved – and the ethics behind such a motto are questionable ( Sandvik et al. , 2017 ). Yet there

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Sophie Roborgh

that is politically moderate and palatable for Western consumption. In addition, the potential PR repercussions of staff members’ behaviour outside of working hours caused many organisations to set up informal rules. As the representative pointed out: We fire people, in the middle of the [Aleppo] siege, for stupid Facebook posts that are political, that might be aligned with groups that are not so savoury

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs