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"Impartiality and Conflict Reporting: The Challenge for Journalistic Integrity" a lecture for an NUJ workshop in Jos, Nigeria.
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"Levi Obonyo on press freedom in Kenya ‘We have seen our worst enemy
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What We Do

Kenya

The country is still reeling from the enormity of the unprecedented and bloody violence in the wake of the Kenyan Elections in December 2007. In coming to terms with what happened, Kenya’s media has found itself under the spotlight: with concerns raised about the failure in media coverage; little interest in responsible journalism, the large number of untrained journalists, and various media outlets reverting to political and tribal partisanship. This in turn has led to calls for improved training in media ethics and the media Code of Practice.

From its very beginning, the Trust has developed a relationship with two institutions. Daystar University has the largest communications department in the country, and the Kenya Institute of Mass Communications (KIMC) is the main vocational school for broadcasting, print, film and broadcast engineering. The relationship with both institutions began when the Director, Tim Dean was working with the BBC World Service.

Since 2004 the Trust has worked alongside the teaching programmes at Daystar and KIMC by providing short courses in media and journalism ethics, with particular reference to the Kenyan codes of practice – precisely the areas highlighted by the post-elections turmoil. The Trust has also provided workshops, seminars and consultation for Daystar University’s 24-hour student radio station, Shine FM, at its Athi River campus.