Reporting the Rwandan Genocide

1st December 2009

Part of the Polis Media Dialogues Series...

Click here for Polis Director Charlie Beckett's blog entry on the event.|

In partnership with the LSE Arts Programme and the LSE Annual Fund, Polis held an event looking at the reporting of the Rwandan genocide both during and after the atrocities.

The discussion focused on how the media reports post-atrocity Rwanda, and the implications this has had in shaping the identity and recovery process of survivors of genocide. Two survivors of the Rwandan genocide, Patrick Iregura and Serge Rwigamba, joined Channel 4 News' World Editor Lindsey Hilsum to reflect on how the story was told before, during and after the brutal events. It examined the gaps between reality on the ground during times of mass atrocity and humanitarian crisis, and the public's perception of it, as gleaned from the media in the West.