Incitement to Genocide: Hate Propaganda in the Media
Before and during a genocide, some media outlets incite hatred and violence against minority groups. They make atrocities committed against these communities seem normal and acceptable. Hate propaganda was particularly virulent during the Holocaust as well as during the genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda.
During the Holocaust, the Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda inundated Europe with antisemitic prejudice through newspapers, radio and film, among other means.
In Rwanda, the Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines (RTLM) station played a crucial role in inciting people to genocide against the Tutsis.
This public incitement to crime drives some members of targeted communities—those who can—to flee their countries.