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

Join us on 15 April 2019 at Wits University where we'll share the story of African atrocities to African audiences: how social media can be used to inform and engage, but also to demonise opponents and mobilise extremism.


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, 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.

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

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

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