Unworthy Victims? The Media, Politics and the Search for Justice Through the International Criminal Court in Kenya
This chapter examines how the Daily Nation and the People Daily newspapers in Kenya covered the International Criminal Court (ICC) cases. The research findings show that these two dailies seemed to portray two key prominent political leaders (President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto) as ‘worthy victims’ whose rights were grossly violated for being tried at the ICC and the thousands of ordinary Kenyans directly affected by the 2007/2008 post-election violence as ‘unworthy victims’ with little or no mention of the violation of their rights. Using Herman and Chomsky’s Propaganda Model, this chapter explores how the political elite successfully used the media to play a propaganda role of portraying the ICC as the perpetrator and enemy thereby denying the thousands of real victims justice.
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