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Media is a key stakeholder in pursuing peace and cohesion in the country. In this regard, the Commission hosted a sensitization forum held on 20th and 21st March in Meru County, targeting Journalists, Reporters and Bloggers from the Eastern region of Kenya. The two-day forum brought together over 30 media professionals from Marsabit, Meru, Isiolo, Kitui, Machakos, Makueni, Embu. The discussions of the forum touched on hate speech, national healing and reconciliation and conflict sensitive reporting. Speaking at the forum, Assistant Director, Communication and Knowledge Management, Ms. Olive Metet, introduced and talked about the UWIANO platform for peace and urged the Journalists to be propagators of peace in the country through the stories they tell in their day-to-day reporting. She urged them to be alert of the stories they tell, to be objective and careful especially when reporting on conflict matters that affect the stability of the country. Speaking to the participants, Assistant Director, Civic Education and Advocacy, Mr. Killian Nyambu shed a light on the Commission’s mandate and informed them on the status of peace and Cohesion in Kenya. Senior Legal Officer, James Wanyande, enlightened the participants on matters of Hate Speech, what constitutes Hate Speech, freedom of expression and its limitations and the challenges that the Commission faces in dealing with hate speech offenders. During the forum, the participants highlighted challenges they face as members of the fourth estate. Some of the challenges they pointed out were: hostility from communities, difficulty in accessing information, security for reporters, threats by sources, corruption, logistical Challenges, inadequate reporting strategies and house policies. The forum, the participants said, was an effective platform in learning about the Commission and were more enlightened on how to handle conflict sensitive reporting.

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P. O. Box 7055-00100 Nairobi

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020 2786 000

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