MEDIA AND MANAGEMENT OF CONFLICT: A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF KENYA AND RWANDA

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This purpose of this research project is to examine the role of media in conflict management. The goal is to interrogate and subsequently compare the role played by media specifically in the Rwandan genocide of 1994 where close to a million Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed by their fellow countrymen and the post election violence in Kenya in 2007/2008 following a disputed presidential election that led to the killing of a thousand people and displacement of more than 200,000 others.

 

Upon examining events in the two case studies, it becomes clear that media can be used to incite and aggravate conflict with disastrous consequences and that responsible and objective media reportage can be used as a tool of conflict managing thereby mitigating the effects of the conflict by educating the parties about each other’s interests, needs and core values.

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