Resonant Voices Initiative in the EU

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Western Balkans, European Union
2018-2020

BIRN Hub

The Resonant Voices Initiative in the EU pursues objectives closely linked to the nexus of security, migration and prevention of radicalisation that leads to violent extremism in the European Union.

Summary

Through a positive and alternative narrative campaign, 20 in-depth investigative articles will be published by 20 Resonant Voices Fellows, and 200 diverse campaign materials produced in collaboration with 140 community influencers from three different diaspora communities in three EU countries.

The capacity and commitment of this core group to push against polarising, inflammatory, and radicalising discourse will be strengthened through formal training and hands-on assistance. In sum, through information campaigns which challenge politically charged contexts and by, effectively, combining technology with an understanding of the community as a means of disseminating compelling content will create behavioral changes  consistent with increased resilience towards violent extremism.

Through evidence gathering and dissemination, 120 stakeholders will be actively involved through consultations, 20 of them as long-term members of the project’s advisory platform, while findings, recommendations, and lessons learned will be communicated to a much broader group of beneficiaries. In-depth audience research will be conducted with the aim of collecting 600 micro-narratives of online radicalisation, as to better understand the motivations, circumstances, and contexts that drives recruitment to violent extremism among the target audience.

Donor

European Commission – Civil Society Empowerment Programme

Main Objective

The project’s general objective is to strengthen the influence of credible voices that challenge extremist propaganda by targeting audiences vulnerable to radicalisation within the Western Balkans diaspora in the EU.

Specific Objectives

To reach vulnerable segments of Western Balkan diaspora living in the EU through an evidence-based, multi-stakeholder communication model targeting audiences based on their degree of radicalisation.

To provide credible, alternative, and positive narratives exposing and challenging on-line and offline extremist messaging and targeting the WB diaspora.

To explore, address, and reduce the influence of push-and-pull factors of online extremist content among the WB diaspora.

To promote tolerance and EU fundamental values among the targeted audience.

Main Activities

Evidence gathering – The objective of this activity is to identify gaps, shortcomings, and good practices in addressing extremist content, in the countering of extremism propaganda, and in curbing online recruitment.

Data collection – CIJA’s assessment team will collect 600 micro-narratives of online radicalisation and 5,000 social media posts from 50 different open social media channels and available search engine data. They will be analysed to map online content and online behaviours of the target audience and their exposure to different types of narratives and problematic content, as well as existing or emerging counter-speech efforts.

Resonant Voices Fellowship – The objective of this cluster of activities is to create a pool of investigative journalists and reporters who will be able to competently and sensitively report on subject matters relating to extremist radicalisation and violence, as well as on misused or inaccurately issue presented within extremist propaganda.

Activities will also include:

Preparation and announcement of the call for journalists, researchers, writers;
Selection of successful applications;
Workshops for selected journalists;
On the job mentoring;
Production of stories;
Publication and promotion of stories

Target Groups

Audiences vulnerable to radicalisation and recruitment within the Western Balkans diaspora in the EU.

Main Implementer

Stichting Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA) – Netherlands.

Partners

Foundation Propulsion Fund – Serbia
Balkan Investigative Reporting Regional Network (BIRN Hub) – Bosnia and Herzegovina