Support for the campaign by Survival International Against the irresponsible use by journalists of phrases such as "ancient tribal hatreds"

Letter from Linda Melvern to Survival International: I have researched the circumstances of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and I have had the opportunity to study in some detail the western press coverage. There is no doubt that the events in Rwanda in April 1994 took the British and the American media by surprise, but the message that the violence in Rwanda was the result of "ancient tribal hatreds", the cliché that dominated the early reports on the genocide, was quite simply wrong.