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).


Communications after an attack and the role of media


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


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.

(MP3 File (7MB))


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


RAN C&NWorking Group leader:

  • Ross Frenett, Ireland
  • Fabian Wichman, Germany

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