Print media reporting on human rights in Kenya
Ogle, Abdirashid D
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This study was undertaken to establish the print media coverage on human rights in Kenya from January-April 2012 in relation to social rights because of the huge impact that the media plays in shaping the opinion of the masses. The study aimed to establish sources of information used in producing stories on social rights add establish inclusion of diverse stories to bring balanced reporting, establish themes under human rights subject of social rights, establish the number of stories written in the newspapers covering social rights issues, gauge the language employed in developing the articles about social rights- whether it is simple to comprehend by populations who have got different levels of literacy. This study also investigated gatekeepers of information with an aim to establish the enthusiasm of their news writers to reporting on social rights matters besides finding out if the sources of the articles are written by international or national writers, ascertain the context of the writers' schooling and background in human rights and more so social reporting including challenges faced in reporting human rights and cross examine news writers on their take or assessment about matters on human rights and more so social rights. This study embraced qualitative (key informants) and quantitative methods (questionnaire). This study was able to establish that reporting on social rights in print media in Kenya is insufficiently reported, reports on human rights have- tendency to be composed from human rights organization and writers based in urban centers and that the media misses to contextualize human rights stories due to lack of proper schooling or training in reporting human rights and that this shortcoming diminishes the professional quality of reporting human rights issues and more so social rights.