KENYA: The Weakness in the Media’s Election Coverage

Posted by M ws On Wednesday, February 27, 2013 0 comments
New Internationalist featured a very interesting article by Maina Waruru on the forthcoming Kenya Elections.

Excerpt:


As Kenya goes to the polls on 4 March 2013, the question uppermost in the minds of many, both locally and abroad, is this: if the election result is disputed, will the country slip into the kind of mindless violence witnessed after the election in December 2007?

Besides those who orchestrated the unrest five years ago – politicians and the now defunct electoral body the Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK) – the media has also been blamed for its sins of commission or omission in fanning the deadly ethnic fighting that followed the announcement of the presidential results.

Indeed, journalist Joshua Sang, a morning presenter with vernacular Kalenjin language station Kass FM, is facing charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, alongside presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta, his running mate William Ruto, and former head of the civil service, Francis Muthaura.


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