Forging Peace

Forging Peace : Intervention, Human Rights and the Management of Media Space

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During the past decade a number of bloody conflicts have focused international attention on the strategic role of the media in promoting war and perpetuating chaos. The challenges posed by systematic manipulation of the media have been particularly acute in Bosnia, Rwanda, Kosovo, East Timor - wherever the international community intervened to prevent atrocities, or stop them, or help rebuild society in their aftermath. Written against this backdrop, Forging Peace brings together case studies and legal analysis of the steps that the United Nations, NATO and other organisations, both governmental and non-governmental, have taken to build pluralist and independent media in the wake of massive human rights violations. Forging Peace maps an important aspect of contemporary peacemaking. It examines current thinking on the legality of unilateral humanitarian intervention, then analyses in graphic detail the pioneering use of information intervention techniques in conflict zones, ranging from full-scale bombardment and confiscation of transmitters to the establishment of new laws and regulatory regimes.
As the social and economic role of the media expands and information technology spreads, driving governments in the world's trouble spots to seek more sophisticated ways of controlling public opinion, Forging Peace looks set to influence policy and debate for years to come. The contributors: Eric Blinderman, Patrick Carmichael, Helen Darbishire, Stephanie Farrior, Alison Des Forges, Peter Krug, Dan De Luce, Julie Mertus, Jamie Metzl, Philip Taylor, David Wimhurst.
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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 23mm | 624g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 0748615016
  • 9780748615018

Table of contents

Introduction; PART I; 1. Defining Information Intervention; Jamie Metzl and Mark Thompson; PART II; 2. Genocide, Hate Speech, and Preventive Action; Stephanie Farrior; 3. Pre-emptive Unilateral Information Intervention; Eric Blinderman; 4. Applying Free Speech Norms to Information Intervention: An Exercise in; Tribunal-Specific Development of Principles; Peter Krug and Monroe Price; PART III COUNTRY STUDIES; 5. Cambodia; Lin Neumann; 6. Bosnia-Hercegovina; Mark Thompson and Dan De Luce; 7. Rwanda and the Prevention of Genocide; Alison Des Forges; 8. East Timor Intervention in 1999; David Wimhurst.; 9. The Learning Curve: Media Development in Kosovo; Julie Mertus and Mark Thompson; PART IV; 10. Information Intervention and Military Strategies; Philip Taylor; 11. The role of non-governmental organisations; Helen Darbishire; 12. The Internet and Information Intervention; Patrick Carmichael; Conclusion.
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A sound starting point and excellent reference from which to begin asking difficult questions. -- Nicole Stremlau, London School of Economics A sound starting point and excellent reference from which to begin asking difficult questions.
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About Mark Thomson

Mark Thompson is a freelance writer and consultant. He is author of A Paper House: the Ending of Yugoslavia (Hutchinson and Vintage, UK and Pantheon, US, 1992) and Forging War: the Media in Serbia, Croatia andBosnia-Hercegovina (John Libbey Press, 1999) - chosen as a 'Book of the Year' in The Guardian and The Observer. Editor of Something in the Wind: Politics after Chernobyl (Pluto Press, 1988).
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