A critical reflection on the role of the media in conflict in Africa

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Drawing on a few widely documented violent conflicts where the media played a prominent role, this chapter explores the various ways in which the media have been used to fan conflict in Africa. It attempts to explain, using political economy approaches, how and why it has been possible for various power centres to manipulate the media into weapons of hate and violent conflict. It argues that an end to state ownership and control of the media, introduction of sound regulatory systems and improved journalism training are critical ingredients for media systems that can promote peace on the continent. In addition, in the case of new/social media, increased social media literacy would be critical to minimizing conflict, and some degree of reasonable social media regulation pertaining to key moments such as elections would be critical in minimizing conflict.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedia, Conflict and Peacebuilding in Africa
Subtitle of host publicationConceptual and Empirical Considerations
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781000361346
ISBN (Print)9780367360283
Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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