In 2009, Anjan Sundaram began a journalist s training program in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda Often held up as a beacon of progress and modernity in Central Africa, the regime of President Paul Kagamewhich took over after the 1994 genocide ravaged Rwandas populationhas been given billions of dollars in Western aid And yet, during Sundarams time there, almost every reporter he instructed was arrested or forced to leave the country, caught in a tightening web of strict media control With Bad News, Sundaram offers an incredible firsthand look at the rise of dictatorship and the fall of free speech, one thats important to understand not just for its implications in Rwanda, but for any country threatened by demands to adopt a single way of thinking....
|Title||:||Bad News: Last Journalists in a Dictatorship|
|Publisher||:||Anchor Reprint edition November 15, 2016|
|Number of Pages||:||210 pages|
|File Size||:||568 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Bad News: Last Journalists in a Dictatorship Reviews
Poignant look at journalism in Rwanda that left me inspired to keep truth alive in all countries. Readers will be particularly amazed at the level of self-repression inspired by Kagame's leadership. How does one discover the truth when no person will say it? This brought home the importance of seeking truth no matter what people might be saying.
This is an important book. It exposes the ruthlessness of the Kagame regime in dealing with his critics. It shows the risks faced by journalists who insist on telling the truth. It uncovers the dictatorial methods used by Kagame to stay in power, his no holds barred approach to ensuring "stability", his ability to pull the wool over the eyes of international donors, while preaching the merits of his economic miracle. The author shows how this blinkered view of Kagame's Rwanda masks the fundamental reality of a regime steeped in violence and lies. Well done!
Wonderful and courageous reporting. What sets this book apart is both the story being told and the quality of the prose. This is a story ignored or at least relatively unexplored amidst the international community's love affair with an "efficient" and savvy developing state - a relationship which is convenient to the external goals and internal incentives for much of the aid industry with its obsession with outcomes over process. Not many can expose this quiet logic at play but he does so with the compelling everyday details only available through deep and personal engagement. As an interested participant in this process, rather than another itinerant observer, Sundaram's experience carries moral weight and sets a high standard for just writing.
It's easy to believe everything is better in Rwanda since the genocide. The reality is many western governments have shined up the veneer that's been carefully constructed by the Kagame government. Sundaram's powerful testimony from the frontlines is tragic: as he tried to tried to train reporters to build a free press, Kagame did what all dictators do: he stopped any real opposition by coopting, threatening, imprisoning and even killing journalists and political opponents who dared to ask tough questions. There are chilling warnings here for the future of democracy, not just in Africa, but around the world.
Sundaram is a real writer's writer, vividly describing a unique situation - he is trying to train journalists in a tyranny. It doesn't work. And in the process, he reveals something of how a tyranny works, operating out in the open, supported by donors who also know what is happening.
Why freedom of the press is so important
Worth reading to understand how politics works in Rwanda. More important to see journalists' day-to-day life and fate.