Virgil Hawkins

Virgil Hawkins is an associate professor at the Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University, and research associate at the University of the Free State, South Africa. He is co-founder of the Southern African Centre for Collaboration on Peace and Security. Among his publications is the book, Stealth Conflicts: How the World's Worst Violence is Ignored.

The News Media and Public Health Crises

March 19, 2020

The novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, continues to threaten the health and lives of large numbers of people throughout the world. It has also wrought havoc on social and economic activity, most notably in high-income countries in Asia and the West. It has also captured the attention of the media,...

The Death of One Man Is a Tragedy

October 16, 2018

The sudden selective indignation regarding the actions of the Saudi regime raises concerns about how the news media handles atrocities across the world. The disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul has sparked a media frenzy in much of the world. The New York Times has...

“Shithole" Countries? The Media's Portrayal of Africa Reconsidered

January 16, 2018

It’s time to take a hard look at the role of the news media in creating and perpetuating a horribly simplistic and stereotypical portrayal of Africa. US President Donald Trump’s alleged remarks questioning why the US should take in immigrants from what he apparently called “shithole countries” — those comprising...

Japan's Media: A Narrow Window on the World

December 21, 2016

Media in Japan focuses heavily on domestic affairs, affecting the country’s global outlook. Our world is becoming increasingly interconnected in a multitude of ways, and advances in information and communication technologies have made the gathering and dissemination of information at a global level rapid, simple and highly cost-effective. One might...

Panama Papers are Another Lost Opportunity for Reform

July 29, 2016

Focus on the few prominent figures exposed in the Panama Papers detracts from the larger problem of widespread and routine illicit practices. It was the largest leak in history—11.5 million files leaked from the Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca, that exposed the movement of massive amounts of offshore money through...

Off the Radar: Stealth Conflicts and the Media

September 19, 2014

While certain “chosen” conflicts attract media attention worldwide, many “stealth conflicts” remain largely underreported. Iraq, Syria, Ukraine and Gaza — these are the world’s conflicts that will be remembered as those that “mattered” for the year 2014. Or at least that is what the high levels of policy, media and public...