KILL THE MESSENGER emerged from MARIA ARMOUDIAN's studies into the causes of genocide, war, peacemaking, democratization, and the protection of human rights and the environment, while she was working on her Ph.D. at the University of Southern California, as well as during her work as a broadcast journalist and public official. Looking across conflicts and policy successes and failures, she found that media (and media professionals) were among key factors in determining political outcomes, including matters of life and death.
Written in five parts, KILL THE MESSENGER shows how media fomented rage and genocide in Rwanda, the Holocaust and the Bosnian war; how they helped bring peace in the Northern Ireland Conflict and the war in Burundi; how media contributed to democratization and the protection of human rights in South Africa, Taiwan, Mexico, and Senegal, and how they aided both the destruction and rebuilding of democracy in Chile. In its final case study, Kill the Messenger explores the media's role in the fate of the world, as journalists disentangle the issue of climate change for the public.
The book's forward was written by Tom Hayden.
ERIC GREITENS attended Duke University and was awarded a Rhodes scholarship to attend Oxford University, where he earned a Ph.D. and won a gold medal at BUSA National Boxing Championships. His research led to humanitarian work in Rwanda, Albania, Mexico, India, Croatia, Bolivia, and Cambodia. In 2001, he joined the Navy SEALs and deployed four times. His military awards include the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. When Eric returned from Iraq, he founded The Mission Continues to help wounded and disabled warriors to serve their communities here at home.
His book THE HEART AND THE FIST: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL tells the story of these seemingly contradictory roles.