Human Rights and African Airways

9780253223470_lrgHuman Rights and African Airways: Mediating Equality on the Chichewa Radio Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2011

 

Author: Harri Englund
Reviewer: Laura Kunreuther

 

From the publisher’s website:

Human Rights and African Airwaves focuses on Nkhani Zam’maboma, a popular Chichewa news bulletin broadcast on Malawi’s public radio. The program often takes authorities to task and questions much of the human rights rhetoric that comes from international organizations. Highlighting obligation and mutual dependence, the program expresses, in popular idioms and local narrative forms, grievances and injustices that are closest to Malawi’s impoverished public. Harri Englund reveals broadcasters’ everyday struggles with state-sponsored biases and a listening public with strong views and a critical ear. This fresh look at African-language media shows how Africans effectively confront inequality, exploitation, and poverty.

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