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Title:The tension between ethics and ethnicity: examining journalists' ethical decision-making at the Nation Media Group in Kenya
Authors:Wasserman, HermanISNI
Mwende Maweu, Jacinta
Periodical:Journal of African Media Studies (ISSN 1751-7974)
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:mass media
ethnic identity
External link:http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/intellect/jams/2014/00000006/00000002/art00004
Abstract:This article analyses how ethnicity influences the ethical decisions of journalists at the Nation Media Group (NMG) in Kenya. Ethnic identity is regarded as one of the key factors that shape the political beliefs of Kenyans in general, and for journalists and media practitioners in particular ethnic identities also influence their normative positions. The conflicting loyalties between ethnic belonging and journalistic norms of professionalism and independence especially come to the fore during democratic processes such as general elections and national referenda. The article addresses the following questions: How does ethnicity at the micro level of individual journalists and at the macro level of the media institution influence the ethical decisions of journalists at the NMG in Kenya? How do the highly ethnicized publics in Kenya influence the decisions of journalists at the NMG? How does this ethnic level of influence impact on the Nation Media's capacity to fulfil its democratic roles in society? Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract, edited]