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Building empathy through journalism

Heba Aly

Event: Geneva Peace Talks 2017
Location: Palais des Nations, Room XIX
Date: 21/09/2017

“It is easier to hate someone or kill someone if you don’t know them. Journalism can help build empathy.”

Director of Irin News, Heba Aly, described the importance of empathy and how journalism plays a key role in addressing our differences and on shedding light on what binds us together.

Geneva Peace Talks 2017. Recorded at the Palais des Nations on September 21, 2017.

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Heba Aly


Heba strives to put quality, independent journalism at the service of the most vulnerable people on earth. She spent one decade reporting from conflict zones in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia before taking over the leadership of IRIN News, one of the world’s leading sources of field-based journalism about humanitarian crises. In her work for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Bloomberg and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, from Syria to Afghanistan, from Sudan to Libya, she has seen societies torn apart by war and politics, as well as the power of the human spirit to rise above these divisions.