High Road, Low Road: Charting the Course for Peace Journalism

  • Johan Galtung
  • Dietrich Fischer
Part of the SpringerBriefs on Pioneers in Science and Practice book series (BRIEFSPIONEER, volume 5)


Imagine a blackout on everything we associate with medical practice; never to be reported in the media. Disease, however, is to be reported fully, in gruesome detail, particularly when elite persons are struck. The process of disease is seen as natural, as a fight between the human body and whatever is the pathogenic factor, a micro-organism, trauma, stress and strain. Sometimes one side wins, sometimes the other. It is like a game, even like a sports game. Fair play means to give either side a fair chance, not interfering with the ways of nature where the stronger eventually wins. The task of journalism is to report this struggle objectively, hoping that our side, the body, wins.


High Road Fair Play Left Hand Column Military Command Conflict Analysis 
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Further Readings

  1. Galtung J (2000) “The Task of Peace Journalism”, in: Ethical Perspectives—A Quarterly Review, 7, 2-3: 162–167.Google Scholar
  2. Galtung J (2007) “Peace Journalism as Ethical Challenge”, in: Asteriskos, ¾: 7–16.Google Scholar
  3. Galtung J (2008) “Peace Journalism: What, Why, Who, How, When, Where?”, in: Kempf (ed.) Wilhelm The Peace Journalism Controversy. (Berlin: Verlag Irena Regener): 19–33.Google Scholar
  4. Galtung J (2008) “What Is Peace Journalism?”, in The Pax Eye World Peace Journal, 1: 5–14.Google Scholar
  5. Galtung J; Jake, Lynch (2010) “Reporting Conflict: New Directions in Peace Journalism”. (St. Lucia, Queensland, Australia: University of Queensland Press): 225.Google Scholar
  6. Galtung J (2010) “Peace Journalism: 80 Galtung Editorials on Peace and War”, in: Antonio Carlos da Silva Rosa(Ed): (TRANSCEND University Press Popular (, Volume 5): 191.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.VersonnexFrance
  2. 2.Galtung Institute for Peace Theory and PracticeGrenzach-WyhlenGermany
  3. 3.BaselSwitzerland

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