What Is the Relationship between Hate Radio and Violence? Rethinking Rwanda's “Radio Machete”

@article{Straus2007WhatIT,
  title={What Is the Relationship between Hate Radio and Violence? Rethinking Rwanda's “Radio Machete”},
  author={Scott Straus},
  journal={Politics \& Society},
  year={2007},
  volume={35},
  pages={609 - 637}
}
  • S. Straus
  • Published 1 December 2007
  • Political Science
  • Politics & Society
The importance of hate radio pervades commentary on the Rwandan genocide, and Rwanda has become a paradigmatic case of media sparking extreme violence. However, there exists little social scientific analysis of radio's impact on the onset of genocide and the mobilization of genocide participants. Through an analysis of exposure, timing, and content as well as interviews with perpetrators, the article refutes the conventional wisdom that broadcasts from the notorious radio station RTLM were a… 

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