Kenya media outlets practice self-censorship to keep election tensions down

It's the biggest news of the year in Kenya: A presidential election with huge potential for violence. Why then are the headlines so boring, the TV broadcasts so dull? The answer: Kenyan media are self-censoring to avoid fanning the flames of conflict.

Kenyan media members said Thursday that media outlets agreed not to sensationalize headlines or even put political press conferences live on the air, to avoid airing hate speech or a political attacks.

After Kenya's 2007 president vote vicious tribe-on-tribe violence killed more than 1,000 people. Small bouts of violence have been reported but the country has remained largely peaceful.

Tom Rhodes of the Committee to Protect Journalists said while the goal of not inciting violence is good, he worries self-censorship could lead to a lack of information.