Montreal Institute for Genocide Studies: Media monitoring
Is there a way of predicting mass atrocities before they happen? Looking at past examples – the Nazi atrocities, the genocide in Rwanda, the post-electoral violence in Kenya – it becomes clear that some signs were there, if only we had known what to look for.
To gain a better understanding of those warning signs, the Montreal Institute for Genocide Studies set up a media monitoring project. Media monitors analyse the local press in at-risk countries, providing a weekly report on the situation. The reports seek to inform policy-makers, academics and NGOs of developments on the ground. For almost two years, I was a media monitor for Zimbabwe, tracking events there, including a controversial election campaign.