Reconciliation Through Media

By Staff

<p>Media have often been used to incite violence, perhaps most infamously during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, when radio station Radio Television Libre des Mille Collines played a major role in organizing Hutus to kill Tutsis. But in Kenya, where a disputed election this past winter resulted in much violence and chaos, radio and other media are being used to more positive ends, as <a title=”Michelle Chen reports for In These Times” href=”http://inthesetimes.com/article/3565″ target=”_blank”>Michelle Chen reports for <em>In These Times</em>
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Community radio stations are reaching more than 2 million listeners with a combination of local news and anti-violence messages. A new project of the Africa Initiative Media Foundation features reporting and commentary by ordinary citizens. And several media collectives, including a <a title=”Kenyan Independent Media Center” href=”http://kenya.indymedia.org/” target=”_blank”>Kenyan Independent Media Center</a>, are building networks of journalists and highlighting activists’ ideas for preventing violence, healing ethnic strife, and achieving reform.<br id=”kiav” goog_docs_charindex=”1106″>
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