Acts of terrorism by their nature easily lend
themselves to extensive media coverage. The media is no
doubt at the heart of this issue. The use of words and
imagery intended to create fear and promote violence or
terrorists’ ideologies is considered in many states and
jurisdictions as unethical among the media fraternity.
The objective of this study was to examine the nature of
media reportage on terrorism in Mandera County. The
study concluded that terrorism reports were aired
mostly in radio stations which were the most preferred
media category. These reports were aired in form of
news, editorial analyses, interviews, expert
commentaries and listener engagement calls. The source
of information for the media being journalists’ own
observation and judgment led to media reportage
portraying terrorists as heroes and being strong. Media
reportage consequently encouraged more terrorist
attacks. There is need to equip the journalists with skills
on reportage of news on Terrorism.
Keywords : Terrorism, Media, Al-Shabaab, Media Framing.