10-03-2009 by Freddie del Curatolo
Recently we reported on this portal in the "short from Kenya" without unnecessary alarm but with the dryness of one who, for editorial dictates, is only marginally deals with local news and always with the synthesis (and if aseptic it want) of an information agency of the portal is both mirror and voice, some news related to the "witch hunt" and sorcerers on the Kenyan coast and inland.
An even isolated phenomenon but, mainly because of the will of the new generations to get rid of old taboos, could spread with the usual phenomena of imitation. Fortunately in Kenya still there that media terrorism based sull'apologia crime, the process that elevates a public figure and has the murderess reputation, visibility, something more than an appearance in our contemporary history to distinguished strangers, often frustrated and insignificant humans protagonists of heinous acts. For now, the local media just report the news, do not go directly to the comment.
Recently the national newspaper "Nation" published an investigation on some murders of elderly people in rural areas linked to witchcraft. Some of these phenomena occur because young people are still afraid of the evil eye and the enchantments of which it is said the "witch-doctor" of the villages are capable. Often petty crime, adultery, drugs, the laxity of the new generations, are reduced by the action of so-called "muganga" throwing anathemas to the alleged culprits. Those who, like us, live in Kenya and is notified about local events, can lead to knowledge of the western world several episodes of which he read in the newspapers or where it was learned from police or institutions. So remember the curses looters of shops during the election chaos last year (educated people from fulminating dysentery, or paralyzed upper limbs) and we all know that auto-suggestion brings the perpetrators of crimes even to die of fear and return secretly stolen goods.
often the case with cattle rustling. In this way the popularity and power of certain "muganga" increases, and as true rulers if they can profit by asking real "lace" the villagers, in the form of food or even sexual favors, or keeping them under the yoke in other ways . This is what you should know, that a good TV report or a newspaper should do fine article. But in Italy the TV and the newspapers are what they are, the worst possible information, in the pay of a vulgar sensationalism, the pay of politicians who ask about egregious to cover their incompetence and misdeeds of the "caste", and competing with Internet offering the vision of any event. So lately the news, instead of representing a serious and quality, a legend of this difficult world in which anarchist bulimia is mistaken for freedom and there are no more credible educational pathways, throw themselves headlong facts and information presented only to hit the spectator, without questioning, without explaining the context.
That's why the "witch hunt" Kenya has become an obscene television report in which by true story of which are not explained motives, environmental and historical context, background and other causes, it only presents the horror and even the good presenter speaks of "the facts that cause bloodshed in Kenya", when in fact the episode despite grave a few days ago (3 people dead and burned 8) it is certainly part of everyday life and ended with 29 arrests. The usual compliments terrorism for its own sake (and to the interests of a few) of the Italian media, and a thank you to the RAI correspondent in Nairobi Enzo Nucci, who for months we promise a service on Malindi changing and our anti-pedophilia campaign, and instead packs splatter to "youtube" in the early evening, without even the minimum of information that he, as a resident in Kenya, would be able to give.
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