Richard Carver

Review of Pradip N. Thomas and Zaharom Nain (eds), Who owns the media? Global Trends and Local Resistances, Southbound (Penang), Zed Books (London), World Association of Christian Communications.

A couple of years ago I was threatened with arrest as I tried to go through the turnstiles at a major sporting event in South Africa. My offence was that I carrying a bottle of soft drink that was not produced by the company sponsoring the event, the US corporation Pepsico.

So what more

I first met Barbara Harrell-Bond in the early 1980s. I was a researcher who knew something about human rights, but very little about refugees (the two topics of this book). And I was working with Ugandan refugees in Kenya, the two countries studied in detail here.

So, I did not know, for example, that officials of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees were not meant to be part of the status determination procedure in Kenya – rather they should be acting as advocates for more

As a friend of Pambazuka from the early days, I'd like to add heartfelt congratulations on the 200th issue. As a comrade, I value Pambazuka for being a trove of information, views and arguments. As a media analyst, I have to say that it is a publishing phenomenon. It has grown from a collection of web links, to become a magazine of progressive debate with an enormous circulation. You have made yourself indispensable.

Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines (RTLM) was almost the first thing that outside observers noticed about the Rwanda genocide:

"Hutus could be seen listening attentively to every broadcast…. They held their cheap radios in one hand and machetes in the other, ready to start killing once the order had been given."

Or this:

"Much of the responsibility for the genocide in Rwanda can be blamed on the media. Many people have heard of Radio des Mille Collines, which more

During the Zimbabwe election campaign I wrote a letter to the British newspaper The Guardian. A supporter of the ruling ZANU-PF had written an article claiming that two friends of mine had been associated with the Selous Scouts – the elite Rhodesian army unit responsible for gross human rights violations in the 1970s. Both these people are prominent human rights activists (as well as opposition members of parliament) and the claims were demonstrably false.

I was simply writing to set more

I have spent most of the week since the terrorist attacks in the US attending exhumations of massacre victims in Matabeleland in Zimbabwe. Not only did Firoze Manji articulate perfectly my own reactions to the attacks and the US response; every individual here who expressed a view shared the same sentiments. This is hardly a scientific cross-section, but it suggests that many of the natural constituency of your newsletter is at one on this issue. So it is disappointing that you felt unable more