An Operational Framework for Media and Peacebuilding
|Title||An Operational Framework for Media and Peacebuilding|
|Subtitle / Series Title||Handbook by IMPACS|
|Year of Publication||2002|
|Number of Pages||33 pp.|
|Publisher||Institute for Media, Policy and Civil Society (IMPACS)|
The media is a double-edged sword. It can be a frightful weapon of violence when it propagates messages of intolerance or disinformation that manipulate public sentiment. Radio Mille Collines in Rwanda is one of the most appalling contemporary examples. Using a blend of popular entertainment and proselytizing by announcers, the government-supported broadcasts demonized one group of people and built resentment and fear among the other group. The messages implanted and legitimized the belief that genocide was an appropriate self-defence initiative, and hundreds of thousands of people were slaughtered in that country.