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Title:The media's reporting of war crimes trials and its impact on post-conflict democracy in Sierra Leone and Liberia
Authors:Cole, Bernadette
Silverman, Jon
Periodical:Journal of African Media Studies (ISSN 1751-7974)
Geographic terms:Liberia
Sierra Leone
Subjects:mass media
war crimes
international criminal courts
civil society
public opinion
Abstract:The application of international humanitarian law (IHL) to conflicts in Africa has been the subject of some scholarly and much journalistic discourse about the ending of 'impunity' and an extension of the normative principles of transitional justice. The trials conducted by the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) were brought to audiences in both countries by a media that has had scant experience in grappling with such weighty jurisprudential concepts. A three-year research project started in 2010 is examining attitudes towards the reporting of two of those trials. This article discusses preliminary findings from the research and argues that the media is performing a wider role in legitimizing post-conflict governance by providing a platform for civil society organizations Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]