Violence, the Media and Elections in Kenya

The violence that attended Kenya's 2007 elections shocked the nation's media as well as the larger society.  According to African experts interviewed in this fifth episode of Peacebuilders, Kenyan media has become both more responsible as a result and more oriented toward reaching ethnic-group audiences rather than national ones.

Whether this will lead to an increase or decrease in the importance of ethnicity for Kenyan politics remains to be seen.

Long lines at polling stations like this one at a Nairobi grade school epitomized the 2013 Kenyan elections. That contest was the first presidential election since the 2007-2008 electoral violence.

Kenyan president Mwai Kibaiki and prime minister Raila Odinga host U.S. vice president Joseph Biden in Nairobi, Kenya in advance of the 2010 constitutional referendum.

George Gathigi is a lecturer at the University of Nairobi’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication where his research focuses on the intersection of media, development, and social change.


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