The TRT World Research Centre held a panel discussion at the World Humanitarian Action Forum on the 15th of October at the Pullman Istanbul Hotel & Convention Centre.

15 October 2019

Pullman Istanbul Hotel & Convention Centre, Istanbul

• Dr. Tarek Cherkaoui, TRT World Research Centre Manager and Moderator
• Shamim Chowdhury, TRT World Correspondent
• Sara Firth, TRT World Correspondent
• Tanya Goudsouzian, TRT World Head of Interviews


TRT World Citizen and TRT World Research Center attended the second World Humanitarian Action Forum (WHAF) on the theme “Dignity in Humanity” which brought together humanitarian actors from 65 countries to strengthen partnership and collaboration. During the event, TRT World Research Center held a panel showcasing its latest publication: The Refugee’s Messenger: Lost Stories Retold, produced by TRT World Journalists.

The session was moderated by Dr. Tarek Cherkaoui and featured three co-authors of the most recent book produced by the TRT World Research Center, namely Shamim Chowdhury, Sara Firth, and Tanya Goudsouzian. The ensuing discussion centered on media practices and press coverage on the ongoing migrant crisis across the world. Speakers put special emphasis on the type of terminology and language that is utilised by different media outlets when covering refugee issues. Moreover, the participants raised questions about the battle of frames surrounding the representation of refugees and displaced populations.