Radio Propaganda and the Broadcasting of Hatred

Historical Development and Definitions

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  • 1137284153
  • 9780230278295
  • 9781137284150

During the Rwandan genocide of 1994, radio was used as a tool to encourage hatred, to dehumanize 'others' and to incite the mass murder or targeted groups. It became infamous - the radio station was nicknamed radio machete. In Kenya in 2007-8, local radio stations broadcast messages which incited violence, and for twelve years Nazi-controlled radio spewed out a constant stream of racial hatred against Jews, Russians and other Slavs. This set the agenda for genocide and the inhuman treatment of enemy peoples. This book gives a detailed account of the development of propaganda and the way radio transformed the delivery and impact of propaganda, making possible the use of hate broadcasting as a weapon. Despite many studies of propaganda, the trials at Nuremburg, Arusha and an impending trial of Kenyans at the Hague, there is still no definition of hate radio - Keith Somerville provides a clear picture of what it involves and defines its key characteristics.

  • Palgrave Macmillan; August 2012
  • ISBN 9781137284150
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  • Title: Radio Propaganda and the Broadcasting of Hatred
  • Author: Keith Somerville
  • Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 1137284153
  • 9780230278295
  • 9781137284150

In The Press

'Keith Somerville has produced a penetrating analysis of the role of radio as a propaganda tool for the incitement of genocide. He provides wide ranging and painstaking explanations of key examples - Nazi Germany, the Balkans, Rwanda and post-election Kenya - to give a devastating picture of how broadcast media can systematically poison political debate and the public sphere. This comprehensive account will be of interest to historians as well as scholars of politics, communications and media.'
- Suzanne Franks, City University, London, UK
 
'Keith Somerville brings the intelligent, dispassionate and forensic analysis of a distinguished radio broadcaster and academic to his study of 'Hate radio' and propaganda. Radio Propaganda and the Broadcasting of Hatred is the most significant scholarly study of radio propaganda to be published in recent times. Disturbing, but essentially informative and enlightening, this study of 'hate radio' makes compelling reading and seems destined to become a classic within the media and journalism studies field.'
- Bob Franklin, The Cardiff School of Journalism, UK

About The Author

KEITH SOMERVILLE teaches in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent, UK. A journalist and academic, he worked for 28 years at the BBC World Service as a radio news editor and programme maker, and ran the BA in Journalism at Brunel University. He has published widely on conflict and foreign intervention in Africa, southern African politics and African media coverage.