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Envoys praise Kenyan media

Discussion in 'Kenyan News and Politics' started by MwanaFalsafa1, May 27, 2009.

  1. MwanaFalsafa1

    MwanaFalsafa1 JF-Expert Member

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    By Citizen correspondent, Nairobi

    Kenyan media have been praised for their role in urging for a return to peace at the height of post election violence in 2007.

    Two envoys have said it was through the media that the voices of Kenyans were heard calling on President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga to come to a political solution when the country was burning.

    "We saw two leading newspapers work on the same headline throughout the post election period telling President Kibaki and ODM leader Raila Odinga that enough was enough," said US ambassador Michael Ranneberger.

    "Their editorial commentaries for the two principals to come to a political solution were also pivotal."

    The two coalition partners contested the presidency during the 2007 General Election. Mr Odinga disputed the results, claiming he had been rigged out of victory by President Kibaki.

    The stand-off triggered a wave of violence that claimed at least 1,000 lives and displaced 350,000 others.

    The two later agreed to share power under a coalition government.

    His German counterpart Walter Lindner said by covering the post election violence last year, the media had also relayed real happenings in the country at the time.

    The two who were speaking during a media workshop at Laico Hotel in Nairobi Monday said the media was playing a sizeable role in the transformation of the country and called for more media freedom.

    Mr Lindner said the passing of the recent media Bill was a threat to democracy and aimed at limiting the independence of the media.

    He said media freedom remains the backbone of any democratic society and wondered why Kenyan lawmakers were keen to gag the media.

    "Any kind of regulation needs to be done very carefully. It is funny how politicians seek media limelight but haunt it when put to task," said Mr Lindner.

    He added: "A free media remains the backbone of any society. Anything touching on it needs wider consultations but the media should also be responsible."
  2. MwanaFalsafa1

    MwanaFalsafa1 JF-Expert Member

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    Congrats Kenyan media. We have to praise our neighbors when need be.
  3. Ab-Titchaz

    Ab-Titchaz Content Manager Staff Member

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    The Kenyan Media will always do its best and I have been watching them
    ever since the days of Moi.Kudos to them.

    Hata hivyo, that said, its upon the incumbent to listen and do what is
    best for the society especially as the media potrays it.

    Meanwhile this is for all society's, hata Bongo ikiwemo.

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    HellFire20 Senior Member

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    I will partly disagree with you on this, on the basis of the position the media occupies within our society.Its true the presence of a free media in any society is a sign of it regarded as being open and free.
    However issues pertaining to how free any institution should be continues to arise i mean how far can we stretch the freedoms without breaking the thresh hold band.
    On the issue of the Kenyan media, there seems to be this weird clamor for an all out and blanket freedom.The problem with this kind of freedom is that the recipients are not responsible, they thrive on misinforming an already gullible society that takes everything its fed on as the gospel truth and hardly have time to digest the contents and verify its authenticity.
    They cook and twist stories in order to fill their insatiable thirst for money.Majority of the times their stories are all negative whose contents tend to demoralize a community rather than uplift its spirit.