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The media and the Rwanda genocide

> Edited by Allan Thompson, 2007, 480 p.

The news media played a crucial role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide : local media fueled the killings, while the international media either ignored or seriously misconstrued what was happening. This is the first book to explore both sides of that media equation. The book examines how local radio and print media were used as a tool of hate, encouraging neighbours to turn against each other. It also presents a critique of international media coverage of the cataclysmic events in Rwanda. (...) read

date of on-line publication : 5 February 2007


Sharing Knowledge for Community Development and Transformation: A Handbook

> DLR International in Canada for the Oxfam Horn of Africa Capacity Building Programme, with the support of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), August 2004, 162pp., PDF (...)

Sharing Knowledge 2 illustrates that information in all its forms is essential for freedom. Information is an important resource for human development. It is concerned, more specifically, with the five freedoms identified by economist Amartya Sen in Development as Freedom, as key for human and social development: political freedoms; social opportunities such as education; transparency guarantees as a right of every citizen; protective security against risks, such as ill health; and economic facilities leading to greater autonomy. This handbook is for women and men making use of information and knowledge for the realization of their freedoms and those of their communities.
This revised edition now has two additional chapters on HIV/AIDS resource centres and case studies on community information resource centres in Ethiopia, as well as updates in a number of the original chapters.  read

date of on-line publication : 18 May 2006

Word Matters: multicultural perspectives on information societies: Multicultural perspectives on information societies

> November 2005, C&F Editions, 650pp (39 euros) (...)

A collective work (in four languages) by some thirty authors from civil societies all over the world, which deciphers the central concepts of the information society. This book subjects the concepts of the information age to critical perspectives from different sensibilities and cultures, thus introducing alternative visions. Themes covered by texts include ‘Communication Rights’, ‘Digital Divide’ and ‘Intellectual Property Rights’


date of on-line publication : 1 December 2005


The New Media Monopoly

> 20th anniversary Edition, Boston, Beacon Press, 2004, 299 pp.

“It would have been difficult to imagine in 1983 that the corporations that owned all the country’s dominant mass media would, in less than 20 years, shrink from 50 separate companies.” This new edition of a twenty-year-old classic on corporate control of the media explores the political implications of this astonishing shift, the impact of the Internet and other new telecommunication tool, and the effects of corporate media control on the news and entertainment served to Americans.


date of on-line publication : 2 November 2005

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