Yale grad’s book on Rwandan government repression of the press:

A press scrum in Rwanda. Credit: Graham Holliday.

Once in a while, a book comes along with the potential to alter our understanding of a place and its history. Anjan Sundaram’s Bad News: The Last Journalists in a Dictatorship, which exposes the repression endured in one of the world’s poorest countries, is one such work. There has been plenty written about post-conflict society, but in the case of Rwanda, we rarely get such a cogent view of life inside an oppressive state bent on controlling the public narrative.

While he spends little time on Rwanda’s complex historical context and doesn’t even try to explain the country’s precarious place in one of Africa’s most contentious regions, Sundaram’s portrayal of this repressive society is spot on.