Genocide Denial: The Role of French Media

Thousands of people have been injured physically, emotionally and psychologically as a result of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. As many are trying to heal, others are still wrecked. Journalists, as the eyes and ears of the public, have a big role to play in facilitating a smooth healing process.

However, it is absurd, to find French media continuing to be the platform that writes feature stories or air out programs and talk shows that worsen the wounds of the survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.  Reading through French media, you come to the conclusion that genocide denial and revisionism is still a massive problem to be tackled in its aspect as the final phase of genocide.

After Canal +, it is France 2 that breaks the pear with the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. The cartoon of Serguei, (Sergio Goizauskas) in  captioned “Tutsi Crush: Le Genocide Rwandais enfin adapté en jeu sur smartphone” (Directly translated, “The Rwandan genocide finally adapted as a game on smartphone”) originally published by Charlie Hebdo in April 2014 has been pushing swords in the wounds of victims of 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

In this “Tutsi Crush” game — sort of “Candy-Crush”, the candies were skulls; but those skulls are not just skulls, they were Rwandan people, they were parents, uncles, brothers and sisters. 

This is taken as recurrence and it is turning into racism without borders. It would be tolerable if it wasn’t French who know their role in that horrible and tragic moment that Rwandans have been through. Is there a plan to break Rwandan hearts without borders? Their idiocy and arrogance are without borders too.  One can wonder the pain French were feeling after the terrorist attacks that hit Paris in November 2015. But no one made such kind of comments to hurt French people.

Sorry comes after danger

Frankly, it is more than a lack of respect to the families who lost their loved ones. One can be satisfied by apology article published on 12 April 2019 but it is also absolute that “sorry comes after danger”. Even though apologies are certain, but it is the responsibility of Lemonde to control its articles prior to publication. The cartoon is the very negation of the genocide against the Tutsi, and sanctions against the draftsman are necessary.

Let’s wait and see!

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