Nairobi (Kenya) – Which role does the media in east Africa play at domestic crisis’ and how does clanship and ethnical influences affect coverage? What chances do net based social media offer for a stronger participative, civil-social dialog?
These were the central questions the German – East African media dialog, being accomplished by the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations abroad (ifa) at the behest of Federal Foreign Office of Germany end of May 2009 in Nairobi, was focused on.
The two day conference focused on the relations and reciprocal effects between conflict patterns and the media presence in civil society. Journalists from Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Rwanda as well as editors and experts from Germany who are interested in the region and in civil society conflict management analysed existing practice, discussed the functions of the media in conflict management in civil society, and drawn up possibilities for conflict-sensitive journalism in current and future crisis situations.
Matthias Duchscherer supported the conference organization, respectively the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa), Stuttgart and the Federal Foreign Office, Berlin as academic consultant and gave a lecture during the two-day media dialog on the relevance of the internet and mobile communication at domestic crisis using the example of the Post Election Crisis in Kenya 2008. More details on the congress are to be found here..