alexa Why and when to use the media for conflict prevention and peacebuilding
Social & Political Sciences

Social & Political Sciences

Journal of Mass Communication & Journalism

Author(s): Vladimir Bratic, Lisa Schirch

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History has shown that the media can incite people toward violence. Hitler used the media to create an entire worldview of hatred for Jews, homosexuals, and other minority groups. Rwanda’s radio RTLM urged listeners to pick up machetes and take to the streets to kill what they called ‘the cockroaches.’ Broadcasters in the Balkans polarized local communities to the point where violence became an acceptable tool for addressing grievances. The media’s impact on the escalation of conflict is more widely recognized than the media’s impact on peacebuilding

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This article was published in European Centre for Conflict Prevention and referenced in Journal of Mass Communication & Journalism

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