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Graham Ebenezer Kurtis
 
 
 
Graham Ebenezer Kurtis is a Ph.D. candidate in International Relations in the Institute of Graduate Studies and Research at Cyprus International University. He is also a member of staff at the University of Cape Coast. His research area sits well at the intersection of International Relations and African studies. Kurtis' research perspective has two strands. The first strand examines regional security, politics and governance. He is particularly interested in the role of African regional organizations in managing conflict and mitigating human insecurity on the continent. The second strand of his research investigates the role of civil society in cultivating democratic culture and diplomatic engagements between Africa, Europe and the Mediterranean regions.
 
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Journal of Liberty and International Affairs | Vol. 4, No. 1 | June 2018
 
 
 
THE ETHNIC CONFLICTS AND MASS MEDIA
Graham Ebenezer Kurtis
 
 
 
 
Abstract
 
The media have played and continue to play a significant role in many ethnic conflicts and wars that ever took place in history and through its reportage humankind has become informed and aware about ethnic-conflict on the globe through various forms. Irrespective of the increase in knowledge, media has negatively impacted the ethnic conflict by several escalations that took place because of the manner information that was provided. This study investigates what these negative impacts are by examining literature and sorting them to consider media location, outlets and presentation impact of media. An overlapping discovered has gingered the reclassification of the impact of media in the face of dilemmas. They are Psychoanalysis propaganda and profiteering, freedom and ethics, distortion of reality and public safety. The media tries to balance in order to choose the lesser consequential path to survive. However, they have all steered to an escalation of ethnic conflicts.
 
 
Keywords
 
Ethnic conflict, Media, negative impact, social media, mainstream media
 
 
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