Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-2020

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Croft Institute for International Studies

First Advisor

Antonia Eliason

Second Advisor

Oliver Dinius

Third Advisor

Zenebe Beyene

Relational Format



The goal of this thesis is to demonstrate the connection between word and action in relation to the media incited genocide. By employing the operational definitions of intent, incitement, genocide, and hate speech from legal texts such as the Genocide Convention and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, this thesis shows that there is suitable jurisprudence on the crime of direct and public incitement to genocide with the legal bodies statute mirrors the language of the Genocide Convention. This in conjunction with the language gradient on the changing role of messages before and during genocide shows that regulation could be achieved by legal bodies such as the International Criminal Court (ICC) if the language of their governing document changes. The evidence provided by the case studies of Rwanda and Myanmar supports the suggestion of amending language for more widespread enforcement power. This thesis does not seek to address all genocide, but rather the instances of genocide where direct and public incitement to violence occurred through media sources.



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