Launch of Media and Mass Atrocity: The Rwanda Genocide and Beyond

A woman holds a candle during a night vigil and prayer at the Amahoro Stadium as part of the 25th Commemoration of the 1994 Genocide, in Kigali, Rwanda, on 7 April 7, 2019. Image: Getty, Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP

The global media landscape has been transformed since the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

We are now saturated with social media, frequently generated by non-journalists. In many quarters, the traditional news media business model continues to founder. Against that backdrop, Hamilton Wende, who was in Rwanda during the genocide, and authors james Siguru Wahutu, Geoffrey York and the book’s editor, Allan Thompson, as well as peace and security analyst Stephanie Wolters, share the story of African atrocities to African audiences; how social media tools can be used to inform and engage, but also to demonize opponents and mobilize extremism; how radio can be used as a preventive tool for countering extremism; and revisit the few minutes of video that captured the death throes of a man and woman killed in Kigali on April 11, 1994 and how the terrain where media and mass atrocity intersect has shifted in the past quarter century with cell phone videos.

Moderator: Ottilia Anna Maunganidze, Head of Special Projects from Institute for Security Studies.

Published by CIGI Press to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the start of the Rwanda genocide.

The event will be followed by light refreshments.

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