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“Humanize the relationship”

November 23rd, 2004 · No Comments

The other night I caught a snippet of Burundi Journalist Honored for Ethnic Radio Project an interview on NPR with Alexis Sinduhije who

will receive an International Press Freedom Award this week from the Committee to Protect Journalists. Sinduhije is the founder of Radio Publique Africaine, a radio station that has brought together Hutu and Tusti reporters.

I’ve downloaded the clip and listened to it three times now. I’m amazed at what Alexis Sinduhije did. Here are some notes I took from the mp3.

In explaining why he created the radio station he said he had three reasons

  • “…trying to get those young boys away from war…”
  • “…access to the information from both sides.”
  • “…humanize the relationship between the young boys who grew up together and are shooting each other…”

    “We would show a Hutu can go report on the killing of Tutsis…the Tutsis going to report on the death of Hutus…were very powerful”

    Alexis Sinduhije cited his 7-year-old daughter’s influence: “…my daughter…always asking why do we have this difference…that made me feel I had to do something…I (Tutsi) adopted a Hutu child…”

    In another instance of journalists humanizing relationships, I appreciated what Rebecca MacKinnon wrote describing the impact of Kevin Sites blogging on a recent news story he reported from Fallujah.

    In other words, we’re human, and our reporting is the product of imperfect human minds and emotions. – Rebecca MacKinnon

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