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Campaign against hate speech to launch in Nairobi

20 August 2014, 19:01

Nairobi - The African Media Initiative (AMI) has called on media leaders and operators in Africa to support efforts to stem the rise of hate speech in the continent.

The call comes ahead of the launch of a Pan-African campaign against hate speech, scheduled for Nairobi, where AMI is based.

Tagged the “#TurnthePageonHateSpeech” campaign, consultation process AMI organized in Kigali, Rwanda earlier this year.

According to AMI Chief Executive Officer, Eric Chinje, journalists were often used as instruments of propaganda.

“Yet it is in part the media’s role to defend and promote people's rights and ensure that women, children, minorities and other vulnerable groups in society are not unfairly and unduly targeted,” Chinje said.

Director of the Ethical Journalism Network, Aidan White, affirmed that media leaders must promote ethical, tolerant and inclusive journalism.

“Journalists should not regurgitate hateful speech coming from politicians, or community and religious leaders. It is a journalist’s duty to put things in context and ensure that what they are saying does not incite more hate and violence,” said White.

Meanwhile, the campaign scheduled for launch in Nairobi will culminate in discussions around hate speech at the annual African Media Leaders’ Forum (AMLF), the largest gathering of media professionals on the continent.

The event is scheduled for November 12 - 14 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

– CAJ News

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