hate speech
Kameme Fm

According to the Elections Observation Group Media Monitoring Unit, twenty-eight cases of hate speech and inflammatory language were recorded between May and June.

The unit assesses spread, degree and substance of hate speech and inflammatory language on radio, TV and newspapers.

The unit has monitored five national TV stations, 13 radio stations, including four county-based ones, and four local dailies.

Leo Mutisya, who is leading the initiative, said it is aimed at deterring hate and inflammatory remarks.

Four cases of radio presenters who perpetrate hate speech on their shows was recorded.

“A number of reported perpetrators were radio presenters, and Kameme FM was in the lead, with a number of incidents recorded against it, including one where they castigated, stereotyped and even played mocking songs against Koigi Wamwere for his political decision to switch political allegiance,” Mutisya said.

“Kass FM, which had one of its presenters accused of fanning the 2007-08 post-election violence, has been very careful at times, keeping off politics, and, if they do, only speaks about the government successes and its portal,” he said.

Radio Citizen, Radio Ramogi and Ghetto Radio had zero incidences of hate or use of inflammatory language.

The incidences, Mutisya said, will be shared with respective government agencies, including the Media Council of Kenya, for action.

Citizen TV, NTV, KTN, K24, KBC, Chamgei FM, Mulembe FM, Mbaitu, Inooro, Radio Lake Victoria (Homa Bay), Radio Ingo (Western), Radio Rahma (Mombasa) and all daily newspapers are being monitored by the group every day.

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