Media and Hate Speech

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Media Focus on Africa (MFA) in collaboration with the World Policy Institute (WPI) implemented a media project with the objective of inoculating audiences against inflammatory speech. The scope of the project was to influence the content of a popular Kenyan television comedy drama, Vioja Mahakamani, with messages that demonstrate to its audience how incitement works.

Vioja Mahakamani is Swahili for 'Drama in the Courtroom. It is the one of the oldest and most popular comedy drama series in Kenya. This show is played out in a courtroom complete with witnesses, a magistrate, the prosecution and the accused. It provides social commentary on the Kenyan social and criminal system and puts the realities of Kenyan culture on trial. It is an avenue through which many Kenyans learn about their rights, their entitlements and the rule of law in Kenya.

MFA and WPI worked with the whole cast and trained them on issues around bad speech,hate speech, dangerous speech and inflamatory speech, then worked with them to develope scripts of four episodes of the drama. The episodes were aired on KBC TV and are available on Youtube. Watch here.

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