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The Ethics of Engagement: Media, Conflict and Democracy in Africa

Herman Wasserman


This book discusses the relationship between media, conflict, and democratization in Africa from the perspective of media ethics. Despite the commonly held view that conflict is a destructive political force that can destabilize democracies, the argument in this book is that while many conflicts can indeed become violent and destructive, they can also be managed in a way that can render them productive and communicative to democracy. Drawing on theoretical insights from the fields of journalism studies, political studies, and cultural studies, the book discusses the ethics of conflict coverage ... More

Keywords: media, conflict, democracy, Africa, journalism, ethics, listening

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190917333
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190917333.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Herman Wasserman, author
Professor of Media Studies and Director of the Centre for Film and Media Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa