Genocide and the Media: Roles and Relationships
What role does the media play before, during and after a genocide? Can it prevent a genocide? Can it incite genocide?
This part of the exhibit explores the theme of mass media, in particular, print, radio and film.
Because media is so diverse, it is impossible to generalize its impact, its role or its intent.
However, the people behind the media (journalists, publishers and editors, photographers, documentary filmmakers, etc.) always interact with power. They can be instruments or targets of those with power, or they can sound the alarms.
Mass media has an influence on public opinion and thus could play a major role in preventing genocide. But does it take on this role? And does it actually have the means to do so?
Censorship of Ottoman Empire Press
Nazi Party’s 25 Points
August 18, 1933
The People’s Receiver in Germany
October 4, 1933
Editors’ Law in Germany
Censorship of Cambodian Newspapers
Media under the Khmer Rouge
Rwanda’s Kangura Magazine
Radio Télévision Libre des Milles Collines