This in-depth investigation of the role that local news media play in Central African conflicts combines theoretical analysis with case studies from nine African countries: Burundi, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, the Republic of Congo, and Rwanda. Each case study - a comprehensive discussion of media influences during the conflict and their impact on the peace process - is introduced by a short contextual essay. Enriching the exploration, a chapter by Jean-Paul Marthoz (director of information at Human Rights Watch) focuses on the ways in which the media in the global North cover crises on the African continent. The book contributes greatly to a better understanding of the complex forces at play - and identifies ways that may contribute to strengthening the positive dynamics and mediating the negative ones.
Marie-Soleil Frere is associate researcher at Belgium's National Fund for Scientific Research and also professor of journalism, specializing in the African media, at the University of Brussels. Her recent publications include Presse et democratie en Afrique francophone.
Assessing the Role of the Media in Conflict and Peace Processes. Burundi: The Media During War, the Media for Peace. Rwanda: Journalists Before, During, and After Genocide.; Democratic Republic of Congo: Providing Information in a War-Torn Country. Republic of Congo: The Press Among the Militias. Central African Republic: A Fragile and Ill-Used Press. Chad: Media Resistance in the Midst of Turmoil. Cameroon: The Media Between Protest and Submission. Gabon: The Press Facing the Bongo System. Equatorial Guinea: A Media Sector Under Lock and Key. African Conflicts in the Global Media - J.-P. Marthoz. Conclusion.