Ibrahim Seaga Shaw

Seaga Shaw elected IPRA council member


By Tony Bee, PV Correspondent, Sydney, Australia - Wednesday 4 August 2010.


Former Expo Times editor Dr Ibrahim Seaga Shaw, aka Tech, now Senior Research Fellow at the University of the West of England (UK) was among five peace research academics elected to represent the Africa region in the International Peace Research Association Governing Council (IPRA) at the organization’s biennal conference hosted by the University of Sydney between 6th and 10th July 2010.

The other African colleagues in the IPRA council are Prof. Elavie Ndura-Ouedraogo (from Burundi) based at George Mason University (USA); Prof. Matt Mogweku (from Nigeria) based at Uthaca College, New York (USA); Rose Atieno Noo, Director, Leadership Development Initiative, Kenya; and Susan Nandatu, Director of Women’s Forum for Peace and Development in Uganda.


IPRA, which has about 1400 individual members and many associate group members worldwide, is an international non-governmental organisation seeking to advance trans-disciplinary research into the conditions of sustainable peace and the causes of war and other forms of violence. IPRA encourages worldwide cooperation designed to assist the advancement of peace research, in particular: to promote national and international studies and teaching related to the pursuit of world peace, to facilitate contacts and cooperation between scholars and educators throughout the world, and to encourage the worldwide dissemination of the results of peace research. IPRA is a member of the International Social Science Council; in 1989 it received the UNESCO prize for Peace Education. The Sydney IPRA conference attracted about 400 peace researchers from all over the world.

In addition to presenting two academic papers on human rights journalism, and peace journalism and education at the Sydney IPRA conference, Dr Shaw was the co-convener of the Peace Journalism Commission which brought together 26 paper presenters from internationally diverse backgrounds (Europe, Asia, Middle East, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and North America). He was also endorsed to continue in this capacity to help organise the next IPRA conference billed to take place in 2012 in Hiroshima, Japan.

It would be recalled that Dr Shaw (photo) edited the award-winning Sierra Leone Expo Times newspaper in the mid 90s until he and some of his colleagues were forced to flee into exile in 1998. His brother Abu Bakar Shaw, then production manager, and Conrad Roy, then news editor, were arrested and detained for nearly a year with the latter unfortunately dying while in detention under very mysterious circumstances.

While in Sydney following the close of the conference on Saturday July 10, Dr Shaw met his former ace investigative reporter Anthony Bee-Conteh aka Tony Bee, and former SLBS camera man Sunny Cole, who filmed Sorious Samura’s popular ‘Cry Freetown’ documentary. “It was really good to meet colleagues who witnessed some of the persecution battles my newspaper had to fight to stay afloat; I felt a kind of an emotional release just having the opportunity to share our experiences of the immediate circumstances leading to our exile”, said the former Expo Times editor.


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