Friday, August 18, 2006



Blogger edwina said...

The term of genocide was used to describe the threat that entire societies would face if they became the targets for mass extermination. The United Nations formed an international law known as the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (1948). This established the criminality of actions ‘with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, and national, ethnical, racial or religious group’.Because of its wide catchments the radio, particularly the RTLM, was the perfect means through which propaganda could be proliferated. Frustration and blame for Rwanda’s poor economic performance, desperate inequalities of opportunities, and general very low standard of living was displaced away from the possibility of anger toward Rwanda’s government or at the former colonial masters toward the age old foe, the enemy within. The government and the media pursued just the same tactics that had served the Belgians so well in 1959, by scape-goating Tutsi’s they avoided blame themselves and hoped to inspire a redirection of direct violence toward the ethnic group rather than themselves. The media was not, however a cause of the conflict, but rather, it was a method of structural violence, used just in the same way as prejudicial legislation or policy maybe used in other conflicts.
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