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IJSRP, Volume 7, Issue 7, July 2017 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]

      Anne Maureen Syallow

Abstract: The study seeks to appraise the role of citizen journalism on publicity of terror attacks in Kenya in a bid to aid Africa in moving towards sustainable security and peace. It aims to achieve this by (1) Evaluating the role citizen journalists’ play as victims in helping terrorists achieve publicity of terror in Kenya. (2) Assessing the role citizen journalist’s play as bystanders in aiding terrorists attain publicity of terror in Kenya and finally, (3)Evaluating the role citizen journalists play as participatory journalists in helping terrorists achieve publicity of terror in Kenya. The study reviewed literature on three major terrorist attacks in Kenya that have happened between 1998 and 2015. In view of the background and literature review, it was established that citizen journalism plays a key role in ensuring that terrorists receive the required attention to pursue their much coveted publicity hence achieving their goals. Also, attributes of citizen journalists as victims, bystanders and participatory journalists all work together for the benefit of terrorist’s publicity in Kenya. The study concluded that, the interplay and harmony of these aspects ensure persuasive publicity is given to terrorists hence helping them achieve their objectives of terrorism. Therefore, there is need to ensure that proper policies and strategies are employed by the communication authority of Kenya and the communication companies to curtail the publicity given to terror attacks by citizen journalists. This will be a step towards achieving sustainable security and peace in Africa.

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Anne Maureen Syallow (2017); The Role of Citizen Journalism in Publicity of Terror attacks in Kenya; Int J Sci Res Publ 7(7) (ISSN: 2250-3153).



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