Guest post by Dr. M. Yusuf
I have taught Journalism for the last six 1/2 years. Many of you have condemned these bloggers in Kumekucha for being irresponsible; I don't agree. We must stop burying our heads in some virtual sands and pretend that nothing bad has been happening in Kenya since 30/12/2007. When politicians go round preaching "PEACE" they don't seem to believe in while disregarding the atrocities already committed against a section of the population, it's both wrong to the dead and the relatives of the dead.
Let's visit the victims in Eldoret who took issues with Kibaki when he tried to tell them that local Chiefs would look into their problems... that's how victims feel... "their sufferings is NO BIG DEAL and should just be brushed off as politicians have bigger issues to deal with..."
The denialists on this blog are no different from the politicians living in fortified homes and posh hotels who pretend that those who have died (killed or committed suicide) didn't, don't and will never matter...
If we were to rewind a bit, when the war in Iraq started in 2003, most American media shied away from providing the true casualty figures. This led to most Americans and the rest of the world failing to truly understanding the real effects of the Iraqi war. It was until 2005 that NBC decided to air the names of US service men and women who were dying, killed or otherwise in Iraq, that the support for war died off. It is thus irresponsible of the local media to join the denialists' bandwagon. Such blogs are just providing the aspect of information to the public that has been ignored by the self-serving media. Responsible journalism also means providing the truth... burying the status in the country at some dark corners of our newsrooms is and will never be the answer.
Reconciliation also means people knowing and understanding what exactly happened. DON'T HIDE THE INFO
THOSE CALLING ON THIS BLOGGER TO REMOVE THE PICTURES ARE CULPABLE AND THIS EXPLAINS WHY THEY REMAIN ANONYMOUS...
DR. M YUSUF
SENIOR MEDIA CONSULTANT