Kenyan journalists won’t incite or fuel conflict during the March, 2013 election.
That pledge has been made by 37 journalists who have attended two Peace Journalism workshops this June in Eldoret and Nairobi. In these workshops, the participants, mostly radio journalists, have analyzed media’s central role in the 2007-2008 post election unrest, and promised to ensure that history does not repeat itself.
|Peace Journalism seminar, Nairobi|
|Peace Journalism Seminar, Nairobi|
|PJ seminar, Nairobi|
If these new peace journalists can successfully engage their colleagues and their station's management, and if they continue producing peace-themed stories while systematically considering the consequences of what they report and how they report it, I’m optimistic that media induced or exacerbated violence won’t reappear next year in Kenya.
Steven Youngblood, director of the Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park University in Parkville, Missouri USA, taught the U.S. Embassy’s Peace Journalism seminars in Eldoret and Nairobi. Youngblood is a communications professor at Park University and two-time J. William Fulbright Scholar.