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Migration and Home Affairs

Communication and Narratives Working Group (RAN C&N)

Communication and narratives are key to preventing radicalisation. Terrorist groups are capitalising more and more on technology to extend the reach of their narratives and recruit young people. The Communication and Narratives Working Group focuses on the delivery of both on- and offline communication that offers alternatives or that counters extremist propaganda and/or challenges extremist ideas.

The working group will gather insights on the content of these narratives, its target audiences, the credible messengers (varying from national governments, civil society, victims, formers and youngsters) and the varying ways of dissemination (from face-to-face interventions, using testimonials in different contexts, such as classrooms, to via the Internet in blogs, chatrooms, websites or social media).

Videos

Conspiracy narratives and potential countermeasures
RAN - Conspiracy narratives and potential countermeasures

The emerging threat of conspiracy narratives is high on the RAN C&N working group’s agenda. What do the experts suggest and what are the potential countermeasures? Watch the film and find out.

Communicating after a terror attack
Communicating after a terror attack

We gathered nine people to watch four “Breaking news” reports with one objective, to talk about best communications practice after a terror attack.

Communications after an attack and the role of media
Communications after an attack and the role of media

How to communicate efficiently after an attack? Religious leaders and actors, women, youth, health professionals, psychologists, teachers businessmen, the whole of society need to be involved.

Involving young people in counter and alternative narratives
RAN Policy and Practice (Madrid): Involving young people in counter and alternative narratives

The RAN Policy & Practice event in Madrid on 25 April 2018 looked into how governments can support and enhance the creation of effective alternative and counter narratives, and how young people can be involved.

Webinar

Webinar on ‘Conspiracy myths and violent extremism’
Conspiracy myths and violent extremism

This RAN webinar aims to discuss the following questions:

  • What are the individual benefits of believing in conspiracies?
  • What indicate that a narrative is potentially harmful?
  • What can resilience towards potentially dangerous conspiracy myths can be strengthened and how can practitioners be supported to counter conspiracy myths effectively?

Podcast

C&N working group participants on measuring campaign impact (February 2017)
C&N working group participants on measuring campaign impact (February 2017)
C&N working group participants on measuring campaign impact (February 2017)

Participants in the Communication and Narratives Working Group speak about what they learned at a two-day meeting on measuring the impact of online campaigns – and what they might do differently in the future.

Papers

Following RAN activities and Working Group meetings, an ex-post paper highlights lessons learned, insights and follow-up initiatives.

Contact

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Working Group leader:

  • Ross Frenett, Ireland
  • Fabian Wichmann, Germany

For the Working Groups contact points, please see the contacts page