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Communications Authority fines Homeboyz Radio KSh 1 million over gender sensitive remarks

Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has today, Sunday, March 28 fined Homeboyz Radio KSh 1 million over gender sensitive remarks made by its employees.

During a recent breakfast show, presenters Shaffie Weru, Neville Muysa and disc jockey Joseph Munoru, alias DJ Joe Mfalme victim shamed a lady who was reportedly thrown off the 12th floor of Ambank House by a man she met on Facebook.

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The presenters said ladies are too loose and too available for strangers.

In a press statement signed by director-general Mercy Wanjau, CA also directed Homeboyz Radio to issue a public apology on two newspapers with nationwide circulation.

Further, the Radio Africa station was directed to air the same on their station at prime time for 5 days.

As if that’s not enough, Wanjau directed that the show be off air for six months with all presenters in the station to undergoing mandatory training.

“This training should be certified and supervised by the national gender and equality commission and evidence of compliance filed with the authority,” said Wanjau.

She also directed the station to review its editorial policy to align it with the requirements of the law on gender.

The station was further directed to ensure its presenters are accredited by the Media Council of Kenya (MCK) and file evidence of compliance with the authority.

“The authority upholds the principle of gender inclusivity and respect for diversity. Broadcasters are urged to exercise great responsibility when undertaking their work and to avoid incidences of gender stereotyping fostering misogyny and perpetration of negative narratives against women and men,” added Wanjau.

On his side, Media Council of Kenya (MCK) David Omwoyo commended the station for firing the presenters terming the move a sign of commitment to uphold ethical standards in their programming.

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“The Council takes note of the action taken by the management of the radio station, against the individuals and commends them for taking responsibility,” the CEO said.

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