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メディア翻弄     by 神戸 俊平先生


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メディア翻弄     by 神戸 俊平先生  2008年02月01日04:58

To: Media Council (Kenya)
RE:Coverage of Post-Election Events in Kenya

I write as a ground reporter disturbed and affected by the position of the media council since Mwai Kibaki was announced the December 27 general elections winner.
Four days after the government banned live transmissions by local broadcasters on December 30, council chairman
Waruru Wachira wrote in a memo to the international media:
“We consider the transmission on television and the publishing of some pictures of unfolding scenes in newspapers and the internet to be insensitive. In our view, they only serve to take away the dignity of Kenyans who at the very moment are going through very hard and traumatic times. We would also like to point out that in our particular situation in Kenya, mention of particular tribes involved in the violence by name only goes to fuel and inflame already heightened tensions.”
This position by the media council is misleading. The truth is that leading politicians, especially Mwai Kibaki, uttered false information to their supporters during the campaign, fanning the raging fires and flowing blood now called tribalism.
Kibaki repeatedly lied to his supporters through the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation that the opposition main idea of majimbo (federalism) was disguised mass eviction of Kenyans from their settlements to tribal zones. Kibaki’s vice president, Kalonzo Musyoka, were among promoters of majimbo.
Foreign Correspondents had nothing to do with the indignity suffered by some communities displaced from their settlements and business locations. The journalists played no role in the voting, counting, tallying and the eventual covert announcements and swearing in of a widely disputed candidate. Foreign correspondents and their live transmissions did not add to the insensitivity by Kikuyus and the rest of Kenyans indulging in an orgy of blood and fire under pretext of tribalism and landlessness.
The violence and hostile positioning did not only start when Kenyans saw themselves being cheated out of their votes. What did Waruru do when candidates allied to Kibaki were found transporting pangas (machetes) and rungus (clubs) days before polling, the killers’ instrument of choice? How come Kibaki’s chief campaigner Simeon Nyachae has been spared the glare of the media lamp despite displaying a gang that publicly attacked opposition ODM campaigner William Ruto in Kisii?
Waruru’s position greatly erodes gains made early last year, especially when foreign correspondents joined us in matching down Harambee avenue to defeat attempts to muzzle the local media. KBC, Waruru’s stakeholder, refused to join the struggle. Foreign correspondents would have abandoned chaos that followed Kibaki’s swearing in, and gladly joined covering the private swearing in ceremony, if only they had been invited, just like KBC – the only media in the ceremony.
Apparently, Waruru wishes that the international media entertains its consumers more and inform them less, as is ongoing in the local media
I take heart from the quote of an unnamed Mathare valley victim: “When one wishes to cling onto a job (be it in state house or inside a newsroom) one must be careful that one’s greed does not spill the blood of others or fan the fires of hatred.

ARGWINGS ODERA
Ground Reporter
January 30, 2008
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