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Image and Reality: Perceptions of War Crimes Justice

  • Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu

Abstract

In April 2004, the tenth anniversary of Rwanda’s genocide was widely covered by media around the world, especially in the United States, where the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) and Cable News Network (CNN) ran days-long footage of some of the most incisive post mortems of the genocide, the absence of an effective international response, and Rwanda today. It was an important and unprecedented spotlight on Rwanda in the Western media. The quest for justice, national (Rwandan local and traditional courts called “gacaca”) and international (the Arusha tribunal), was part of the coverage. It was saturation coverage, and by the time it ebbed the Rwandan genocide was firmly in the consciousness of national and international publics. And it was a rare exception—and an indication of what difference policy choices by powerful media editors can make when they decide to train their cameras on particular issues in world politics. Was this carpet coverage of a huge crime committed a decade ago in a poor, landlocked Central African country an act of atonement?

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8 Image and Reality: Perceptions of War Crimes Justice

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