Uganda: thirty years after Idi Amin, an investigation

Lane, Vicky (2010) Uganda: thirty years after Idi Amin, an investigation. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    In 1979, unpredictable President of Uganda, Idi Amin, was forcefully overthrown after eight tyrannical years of ruling. Dubbed ‘the Butcher of Uganda’, Amin is estimated to be responsible for commanding the deaths of up to 500,000 people during his reign.

    Furthermore, Amin’s erratic policies, like the expulsion of Uganda’s 80,000 Asians, and his squandering of millions to keep him and his army comfortable, devastated Uganda’s once strong economy.

    Once a top tourist destination, Uganda became a no-go area for foreigners as rumours spread of atrocities going on at the hands of the brutal dictator. What is more, the majority of its exotic wildlife were lost; slaughtered for food by the country’s increasingly desperate, starving population. For years even after Amin was removed from power, Uganda struggled to recover from his ruinous rule, with political unrest and civil war plaguing the country.

    Today, however, Uganda is on the mend. Since the takeover by the current government – The National Resistance Movement - in 1986, and with considerable international assistance, the country has been considerably more stable, and the future ever more promising.

    This year it is thirty years since the end of Idi Amin in Uganda. This journalism special exercise investigates some of the key areas that have experienced major development in Uganda since the African leader’s downfall, and also those that still need some work. It further includes an interview with the man who made the initial move that led to the end of the dictator. One of his closest associates: Henry Kyemba.

    Additionally, this project looks at the greater context of the articles written, critically examining how the Western media today represent Africa. It considers criticism about the minimal coverage and dominantly ‘negative’ image of Africa perceived to be represented by the West and further elaborates on some of the challenges of reporting on Africa, and the influence major media aid appeals can have on Western perceptions. It ultimately argues that Western media is created for the West, and hence, will always cater for Western interests, something, Africa, unfortunately, doesn’t usually feature highly within.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Additional Information: Special exercise
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2011 10:08
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:49

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