National Press Club

Washington Launch of "Media and Mass Atrocity"

Washington Launch of "Media and Mass Atrocity"

May 16, 2019 5:30 PM

Location: Conference Rooms

Washington Launch of "Media and Mass Atrocity"

It has been 25 years since Rwanda slid into the abyss. The killings happened in broad daylight, yet many of us failed to grasp the unfolding events. When human beings are at their worst — as they most certainly were in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide — the world needs the institutions of journalism and the media to be at their best. Sadly, in Rwanda, the media fell short. The lessons of Rwanda, in some respects a textbook case, should have been clear. But a quarter century later, these are lessons that we still struggle to absorb.

The global media landscape has been transformed since the 1994 Rwanda genocide. We are now saturated with social media, frequently generated by non-journalists. Mobile phones are everywhere. And in many quarters, the traditional news media business model continues to founder. Against that backdrop, it is more important than ever to examine the nexus between the media and the forces that give rise to mass atrocity.

A new publication from the Centre for International Governance Innovation, Media and Mass Atrocity: the Rwanda Genocide and Beyond — documents an effort to revisit the Rwanda case study while also casting forward to other scenes of mass atrocity where media have played a role or could serve a preventive function.

Allan Thompson, editor of Media and Mass Atrocity, will join some of the other contributors to the edited volume at a panel discussion on Thursday, May 16, at 5:30pm. Thompson will chronicle the back story of one of the most important pieces of news media footage gathered during the genocide, a few minutes of video captured by cameraman Nick Hughes, who trained his camera lens on the death throes of a man and woman who were killed on April 11, 1994 in the Kigali neighbourhood of Gikondo.

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