The Nature of Media Reportage on Terrorism in Mandera County

Authors : Obwogi Cliff Ooga, Kennedy Onkware, Crispinous Iteyo

Volume/Issue : Volume 5 - 2020, Issue 3 - March

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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.


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