Title page for ETD etd-11272000-114350

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Woofter, Jennifer Kay
Author's Email Address jkwoofter@hotmail.com
URN etd-11272000-114350
Title OPSEC v. RTK: Media Restrictions in United Nations Peacekeeping
Degree Master of Arts
Department Political Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Borer, Douglas A. Committee Chair
Corntassel, Jeffrey J. Committee Member
Weisband, Edward Committee Member
  • Rwanda
  • operational security
  • Somalia
  • peacekeeping
  • right to know
  • United Nations
Date of Defense 2000-08-09
Availability unrestricted
The United Nations currently adopts media policies for peacekeeping missions on an ad-hoc basis, often relying on US or NATO rules. Some have suggested that a standardized media policy for all peacekeeping missions should be the norm. This project examines that proposition with an eye to the tension between the right to know and operational security. Looking at UN intervention in the Gulf War, Somalia, and Rwanda, the problems with such a rigid media policy appear significant. Instead, a dual-level approach is advocated, allowing broad principles of independent coverage as well as in-country negotiations to take place.
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