What you do in the next days before, during, and after elections can help to maintain peace and calm during this election period.
Umati, an online media monitoring project – the first of its kind to document instances of dangerous speech online - holds that dangerous speech has the potential to catalyze violence on the ground.
Because you are part of an active online community, a community radio group, or are a journalist covering different media platforms, you are invited to joinUmatiandUchaguziin a session onNipeUkweli: Debunking Myths during Elections, on Friday, 1st March, from 10:00am – 1:00pm, iHub Nairobi, 4th Floor, Bishop Magua (opposite Uchumi Hyper).
NipeUkweli – Kiswahili for “Give me truth” – is a campaign developed by the Umati project to educate Kenyans about dangerous speech and what individuals can do to combat its effects. NipeUkweli calls for responsible Kenyans to correct false rumors and to instead promote positive speech.
This event willcreate awareness on the key role that media (both online and traditional) play in influencing audiences.We hope to motivate Kenyans to discuss elections sensitively across different media platforms (e.g. radio, TV, SMS, blogs, Facebook, Twitter).
Theeventis aimed at the general public, since anyone who tweets or even sends SMS can "give the truth." This eventwill cover:
Identifying Dangerous Speech and explaining its potential to catalyze violence;
Encouraging positive content from audiences;
Different ways of countering dangerous speech as a journalist, blogger, social media user, on-the-ground citizen;
Demonstration of how to use the Uchaguzi platform to report during the election period;
Launching of theUchaguzi Situation Room- where volunteer teams from March 2nd to March 8th will monitor reports from theUchaguziplatform during elections.
Hope to see you there.