The Interaction of Mass Media and Social Media in Fuelling Ethnic Violence in Ethiopia

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Social media platforms play a prominent role in modern society by providing tools for various voices to communicate ideas, perspectives and worldviews. Such potential has been illustrated by the role of these platforms in supporting social movements, mobilisation in defence of the environment, and the defence of marginalised communities and groups across different latitudes. However, in many instances, social media has also been used to spread misinformation, broadcast hate speech, and incite violence. We discuss the interaction between mass media and social media in conflict contexts and the risk associated with normalising hate speech. We do this by examining the case of the ongoing conflict and ethnic tensions in Ethiopia in the context for the emergence of armed conflict in Ethiopia since 2020.

Period15 Mar 2022

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  • TitleThe Interaction of Mass Media and Social Media in Fuelling Ethnic Violence in Ethiopia
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletACCORD
    Media typeWeb
    Duration/Length/Size2000 words
    Country/TerritorySouth Africa
    Date15/03/22
    DescriptionSocial media platforms play a prominent role in modern society by providing tools for various voices to communicate ideas, perspectives and worldviews. Such potential has been illustrated by the role of these platforms in supporting social movements, mobilisation in defence of the environment, and the defence of marginalised communities and groups across different latitudes. However, in many instances, social media has also been used to spread misinformation, broadcast hate speech, and incite violence. We discuss the interaction between mass media and social media in conflict contexts and the risk associated with normalising hate speech. We do this by examining the case of the ongoing conflict and ethnic tensions in Ethiopia in the context for the emergence of armed conflict in Ethiopia since 2020.

    Producer/AuthorMuna Shifa, Fabio Diaz
    URLhttps://www.accord.org.za/conflict-trends/the-interaction-of-mass-media-and-social-media-in-fuelling-ethnic-violence-in-ethiopia/
    PersonsFabio Diaz Pabon, Muna Shifa