The Kenya Film Classification Board CEO Ezekiel Mutua has urged the mainstream media to give politicians spewing hate speech a blackout in the run-up to the 2022 general election.
Speaking in Mombasa Dr. Mutua said the media should not allow politicians who propagate hate speech, to dominate public discourse.
“Politicians who thrive on divisiveness and hate should not be given a platform in the media industry,” he said.
Dr. Mutua spoke in the company of Mombasa County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo and Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) Director Charles Mulila.
The KFCB boss said the media should not allow it to be used as conduit for ethnic stereotypes, hate speech, incitement to violence and lies as the country hurtles towards next year’s high stakes election.
Dr.Mutua underscored the need to use social media with responsibility to promote goodness, moral values and harmony in the country.
He said social media platforms like Facebook, Whatsapp and Twitter can be a force but warned of the inherent danger in them by spreading divisive news.
He disclosed that KFCB is going to collaborate with KBC with a view to merging its Sinema Mashinani programme with that of KBC’s Studio Mashinani project.
The Sinema Mashinani project seeks to harness the power of storytelling by local communities and ‘enable to bring such stories to life on screen’.
The KFCB CEO said efforts are underway to ensure agencies under the ministry of ICT, Innovations and Youth Affairs operate under one roof in a bid to enhance service delivery to the people.
“In Mombasa we are going to have KFCB regional offices domiciled in Sauti House in Mombasa where we already have KBC, Pwani FM, Media Council of Kenya (MCK) and KNA offices,” he said.
KBC Director Charles Mulila said the national broadcaster’s Studio Mashinani provides facilities for recording and arts for talented youth in parts of the country including Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu and Machakos.
The County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo on the other hand warned against irresponsible social media use in the region urging people to stop spreading fake news on social media platforms.