1st Edition

Peace Journalism in East Africa A Manual for Media Practitioners

Edited By Fredrick Ogenga Copyright 2020
    112 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    110 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    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.


    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



    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.