Editorial: Media plays an important role in mass atrocities

This past weekend, Carleton University hosted a conference called “Media and Mass Atrocities: the Rwanda Genocide and Beyond,” which sought to discuss how reporting on mass atrocities like the Rwandan genocide could bring about change. Extensive coverage of the genocide inspired the public to demand action from their governments to intervene. The event served as a reminder about the role media plays in covering such heinous crimes against humanity. Paul Watson, a journalist who covered the genocide, spoke about how reporting can garner the public’s attention to atrocities happening in other parts of the world. For example, the image of  Syrian toddler, Alan Kurdi, washed up on a Turkish beach made everyone’s head turn towards the Syrian civil war and […]

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Carleton professor starts campaign for Rwandan genocide survivor

Allan Thompson, a journalism professor at Carleton, first met Rosalie Uzamukunda, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide, in 2007. Now, Thompson has started a crowdfunding campaign to help repair Uzamukunda’s home, part of which recently collapsed after experiencing severe flood damage. According to Thompson, Uzamukunda’s story is personal. He was in Rwanda in 1996, two years after the end of Rwandan genocide, as a reporter with the Toronto Star. “I came to realize in 1996, as so many others did, that I was completely oblivious to what was happening in Rwanda, and may have contributed to what happened because we ignored it,” Thompson said.   “As a journalist, I literally felt a sense of guilt, that I hadn’t done more […]

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Pro-life display compares abortion to Holocaust, Rwandan genocide

Some students said they were offended by an anti-abortion exhibit on display at the University of Manitoba (U of M), which compared abortion to the Holocaust and Rwandan genocide. The display, which ran Sept. 23-25, was organized and supported by the student group University of Manitoba Students for a Culture of Life, and approved with no problems by the university administration, the group said. “We view abortion as a very grave injustice against people that are not able to defend themselves,” Cara Ginter, one of the organizers of the group, said. Ginter said the display is not meant to draw a direct correlation between genocide and abortion. “We’re looking at what is happening and why it’s happening,” she said. “The […]

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