‘African media needs to act on hate speech’-Amadou Ba
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Africa Media Initiative, AmadouMahtarBa has said that the first step to eliminating hate speech and social stereo typing in African communities should be taken by the media.
In an interview this April 18, 2014 Amadou argued that the role of the media is very vital in information circulation and mass communication, which gives it an upper hand to promote hate speech if they choose to, and stop it if they choose to.
“The media has a significant role in the community and they choose to say no to hate speech, we are sure that this will bare good results and condemnation of acts of hate speech that we saw in Rwanda twenty years ago and stereotyping that we now see in Central Africa Republic,” he said
Amadou says that starting with bring the media on board in this cause, is very crucial before the next move of addressing the issues of hate speech with other influential key players in the political and economic sectors.
Asked whether the media is not politically influenced to promote political agendas and propaganda of prominent politicians, who may actually own the media outlets, Amadou Ba says that the media should not be influenced and it should take a firm stand in order to uphold its core values.
Rwanda is hosting a two day Media Dialogue conference, at Kigali Serena Hotel, that has brought media managers from across the continent to discuss how media can be vital in changing the page of hate speech in Africa.
The discussions have been specifically beneficial to the Rwandan media, which played a major role in the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.
The participants, especially editors, media managers, journalists and media development partners are expected to come up with resolutions on how best to challenge hate in media and start a fresh page of a unified campaign against hate speech.