The National Security Advisory Council has resolved to hold all media houses responsible for the content they publish or broadcast.
Council Chairman Joseph Kinyua, who is also the Head of Public Service, called upon the media to avoid airing or publishing ethnic content and in a tone that induces incitement.
“All media outlets shall be held responsible for all the content that they publish and/or broadcast pursuant to section 62 of the National Cohesion and Integration Act as read together with guidelines for monitoring hate speech.” Kinyua announced during a press conference at Harambee House in Nairobi on Wednesday, October 7.
He also resolved to hold all social media users accountable for the content they post on their profiles
“All social media users shall be held individually liable for all content on their profiles pursuant to the NCIC Act on prevention of dissemination of undesirable political messages/ social media content.” he revealed.
He further urged social media users to ensure that all their content is written in a a language that avoids autonomy.
“Every social media user should ensure all their content is not written in a hate speech, ethnic or incitement tone. Authenticate and validate their messages before forwarding, to limit spreading rumours.” he added.
Kinyua also directed that all public meetings be held in compliance with the Public Order Act, failure to which which culprits will be penalised.
“A convener or any person intending to hold meeting shall notify the officer in a commanding station three days to but not 14 days before the procession,” he said.
That person will also be required to be present at such a meeting and help police in maintaining order, ensuring that they orders given by the OCS.
Those in attendance will be expected to exercise high degree of safety, meaning that they will be non-violent and keep to designated places of the public meeting.
They will be required to report to authorities instances of hate speech and ethnic contempt.
Kinyua noted that politicians are inciting and trying to radicalise the youth in pursuit of their own interests.
The situation has since created fear, despondency and political uncertainty.
“NSAC noted that the country is experiencing growing political tension that is creating division and pitting sections of politicians and their supporters against perceived opponents. This situation is increasingly polarizing the country along ethno-political lines, and therefore undermining national cohesion, peace and security and derailing our transformative economic agenda.” he addressed.
He urged Kenyans to respect freedom of expression of other people and not propagate socio-economic strife.
His sentiments were prompted two days after youth barricaded the Kenol-Murang’a road ahead of Deputy President William Ruto’s church event in the area.
Two people were killed while several others sustained serious injuries and property of unknown value was said to have been destroyed.
Videos and photos seen by 254news.co.ke revealed burning tires smouldered on the road as well as stones pelted, making it a nightmare for motorists.
“All media outlets shall be held responsible for all the content that they publish and/or broadcast pursuant to section 62 of the National Cohesion and Integration Act as read together with guidelines for monitoring hate speech…” – Joseph Kinyua, Head of Public Service pic.twitter.com/XdZPU0qymC
— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) October 7, 2020