NGO Council Wants Radio Stations Regulated as Country Heads into Campaign Period

By Special Correspondent

The NGO Council of Kenya chairman Stephen Cheboi wants local FM radio stations regulated ahead of the August 9th elections. Through a press statement, Mr Cheboi urged the Media Council of Kenya to liaise with the National Cohesion and Integrity Commission (NCIC) to stop hate speech and vulgar language on air.

Cheboi said the country had come of age since the disturbances of the bungled presidential election of 2007 but warned that there were still elements in the country who were trying to “muddy the waters.”

We are aware of chest-thumping hot heads on both sides of the political divide and we must stop them from dragging the country into anarchy,” Cheboi said as the world marked Radio globally. He said the Media council had every leeway to monitor and act on “rogue radio and TV stations” including social media and blogs to stop “warmongers” from exchanging inflammatory insults.

The Media Council has in the past warned TV and radio stations that they would lose frequencies if found to be breaching ethics and the law on airing unsuitable content to the public.

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