Radio Propaganda and the Broadcasting of Hatred

Tuesday, 23 October 2012 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Radio Propaganda and the Broadcasting of Hatred charts the development of propaganda and the incitement of hatred from the ancient world to the present, examining the use of atrocity stories, racism, myths and fear to reinforce the propaganda message. The main focus of this study is on radio and how this medium became such a successful instrument of propaganda and how the broadcasting of the spoken word could be used to develop, heighten and mobilize hatred of "the other". The book uses cases studies of the Rwandan Genocide and the Kenyan Post-Election Violence, as well as of Nazi Germany and the Balkans, to demonstrate and analyse the way in which the spoken and broadcast word can be such a powerful weapon in the armoury of regimes propagating hatred.

About the Author

Keith Somerville is a journalist, academic and writer on Africa, journalism and propaganda.  He teaches in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent and is founder and editor of the Africa News and Analysis website www.africajournalismtheworld.com.  In over 30 years as a journalist and academic, he has worked for the BBC World Service as a producer, editor and documentary maker - specializing in African political and military affairs – and he has written widely on Africa (publishing books on Angola, Burkina Faso, military intervention, and relations between the southern African liberation movements and the Soviet Union). In recent years, he has moved more into academic research on the media and conflict, and particularly media coverage of and the media's role in the Kenyan post-election violence. From this emerged the seeds of his new book on Radio Propaganda and Hate Broadcasting. He continues to write on current developments in Africa and is a regular contributor to the RAS's African Arguments news and analysis blog.Keith is now researching South African external broadcasting and propaganda under apartheid.