Title

Journalists’ Perceptions of Human Rights Reporting in Rwanda

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-3-2018

Abstract

News media play a role in increasing public understanding of human rights issues. Yet, little scholarship has analysed human rights reporting in developing or post-conflict nations. Interviews with Rwandan journalists revealed that, in this post-genocide era of reconstruction, reporters define human rights broadly and believe reporting on abuses has a positive impact on the abuse. However, a lack of press freedom inhibits human rights reporting, thus prohibiting journalists from fulfilling their social responsibility.

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