What is the relationship between hate radio and violence? Rethinking Rwanda’s “Radio machete”

Strauss, S. (2007). What is the relationship between hate radio and violence? Rethinking Rwanda’s “Radio machete”. Politics & Society, 35(4), 609-637.

In this article Scott Straus provides a very interesting view of the relationship between the radio and violence in Rwanda. In most articles the role of RTLM in the genocide is seen as instrumental, while Straus has doubts about this assumption. He gives examples of how this is stated and why he doubts if that is true. By showing maps of the reach of RTLM and the violence at during those times, he tries to show that the link between RTLM and violence is not so certain. Later in this article he compares the relation between the radio transscripts and the number of killed people, which gives very interesting results. He ends his article with a survey among perpetrators in which he tries to find an answer for their motivation. This article is in my opinion one of the most interesting pieces about the role of the radio in Rwanda during the genocide, because it tries to be more objective. The article shows another view instead of accepting the more generally accepted view in other studies.