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1st Edition

Peace Journalism in East Africa
A Manual for Media Practitioners

Edited By

Fredrick Ogenga

ISBN 9780367250683
Published July 10, 2019 by Routledge
110 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This concise edited collection explores the practice of peace journalism in East Africa, focusing specifically on the unique political and economic contexts of Uganda and Kenya.

The book offers a refreshing path towards transformative journalism in East Africa through imbibing pan-African institutional methodological approaches and the African philosophies of Utu (humanity), Umoja (unity) and Harambee (collective responsibility) as news values. Contributions from key academics demonstrate how media practices that are supportive of peace can prevent the escalation of conflict and promote its nonviolent resolution. The chapters cumulatively represent a rich repertoire of experiences and cases that skillfully tell the story of the connections between media and peacebuilding in East Africa, while also avoiding romanticizing peace journalism as an end to itself or using it as an excuse for censorship.

This cutting-edge research book is a valuable resource for academics in journalism, media studies, communication, peace and conflict studies, and sociology.

Table of Contents


Fredrick Ogenga

Chapter One

The Peace Journalism Approach

Steve Youngblood

Chapter Two

Peace Journalism in the LRA Conflict

Gloria Laker

Chapter Three

Thinking about Community Radio and Beyond for Conflict Management in The North Rift: A Concept Paper

Fredrick Ogenga

Chapter Four

Hybrid Peace Journalism: Institutional Philosophical Approaches to Peace and Security in Africa

Fredrick Ogenga

Chapter Five

Re-Situating Local Mass Media: A Tool for Peacebuildingamong the Abakuria in Kenya

John Oluoch

Chapter Six

Media and Peace in Kenya: Do Journalists Need Different Skills?

Victor Bwire

Chapter Seven

Toward a Peace and Human Rights Approach to Journalism: In Search of Social Justice in Post-Conflict Situations in Africa

Jacinta MwendeMaweu

Afterword: East Africa Peace Journalism

Steven Youngblood


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Fredrick Ogenga is Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies; Founding Director, Center for Media, Democracy, Peace and Security, Rongo University; and President of the Peacemaker Corps Foundation Kenya. Ogenga is championing a pan-African journalistic institutional approach for conflict prevention and peacebuilding.