Project Highlight

New Media Project Launched in Kenya

Training and support for staff of country’s leading media on international justice and political reporting.

As Kenyans prepare to vote in the March general elections and four senior figures go to trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague a month later, IWPR and the Wayamo Communication Foundation are providing training and support to reporters and editors at Kenya’s media houses.

Participating media organisations include the Nation Media Group, the Standard, Star and People newspapers, and broadcasters like Capital FM, Kenya Broadcasting Service, Kass FM, Royal Media Services, Pamoja FM, Koch FM, Radio Amani, Radio Nam Lolwe, Baraka FM and Radio Africa.

Supported by several international donors, the project launch on November 26 was attended by leading figures including Kenya’s attorney general Githu Muigai, British High Commissioner Dr Christian Turner, German ambassador Margit Hellwig-Boette, and Justice James Ogoola, a retired Ugandan judge who was instrumental in setting up a international crimes division for the High Court in Kampala.

Kenyan chief justice Willy Mutunga used the event to announce the establishment of a special division of the High Court in Nairobi. (See: Kenyan Chief Justice Announces Special Court


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