As part of preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE), where we seek to limit the strategic effectiveness of terrorists and other extremists, we also need to understand the communications environment after an attack, and know how to communicate effectively in this context. Even more so than the rest of the P/CVE domain, this is a multistakeholder challenge. We must consider the role of local, national and supranational governments, civil society organisations, traditional and non-traditional media, the police and strategic communications practitioners.
Thus, this paper aims to consider this topic from a range of perspectives, bridge the gaps between them, share best practices, and assemble some guidance for the wider Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) on how to communicate effectively. This paper considers the strategic dynamics of media and communications in the post-attack context, good practices and lessons learned from several high-profile terrorist attacks, and the roles of different stakeholders, in order to establish some recommendations and solutions for the sector.
Please find here the whole EX POST PAPER „Communications After an Attack“ published by the RAN Centre of Excellence.