Kenya - Conflict-Sensitive Journalism

TalkCheck: Countering Hate Speech in Media and Public Spaces in Kenya

Internews TalkCheck project is a rapid response to growing tensions in Kenya’s Coast Province. This intensive journalism training program addresses the media’s critical role in moderating and mediating the current emergency, and provides support for covering the upcoming general elections, scheduled for March 4, 2013. Through this project Internews is organizing intensive conflict sensitive journalism trainings for radio talk show hosts, providing production and editorial support to journalists and media outlets, awarding journalism fellowships to investigate inter-communal tensions and tribal politics, establishing stronger links between media outlets and civil society organizations in the target areas, and monitoring political rallies – which are a frequent source of hate speech - to ensure that journalists are equipped to cover these events. This project will complement Internews’ current Land and Conflict Sensitive Journalism program.

Land and Conflict Sensitive Journalism

Internews responded to Kenya’s 2008 post-election violence with a project to introduce radio journalists to a conflict sensitive, ethical approach to their work. In early 2010, Internews received additional USAID funding to extend the Land and Conflict Sensitive Journalism (LCSJ) program until March 2013. Through this project, Internews has continued engagement with partner media outlets beyond the next scheduled Presidential Election. Internews is building skills and capacity through a package of interventions that deepen conflict sensitive journalism skills and provide tailored training for journalists, talk-show hosts and editors. The LCSJ program includes a further strand of activities to help journalists report responsibly on instances where land is a source of conflict.

Free and Fair Media (FFM)

The Internews Free and Fair Media (FFM) program recognizes the tacit role the media played in the build-up to the 2007 election violence. The Free and Fair Media program seeks to promote a journalism culture that supports democratic and responsible elections; a journalism that is responsive to the voters’ needs and expectations.
Started in August 2011, the intensive training program benefits all media players. Journalists, producers and editors delve into understanding election laws, analyzing results, packaging informed and comprehensive coverage, and following up on the implementation of the Constitution. A mentoring relationship is established with all trainees, ensuring guidance about pertinent issues related to the electoral process and to the Kenyan people.

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