K24 in TROUBLE……..GAYS/ LESBIANS demanding an APOLOGY …… Press statement

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 – On Monday and Tuesday night, K24 aired two feature stories which exposed several s*x workers and their clients and the gay community is up in arms against the station associated with President Uhuru Kenyatta for exposing the women.

Read their press statement below:

We, the undersigned, having noted with concern, the recent feature story by K24 TV’s Bweta La Uhalifu: Ndoa Hadaa, aired on Monday and Tuesday, July 8-9, 2013, at prime time, where they showed various sex work hotspots in Nairobi’s CBD, and having exposed the faces of some of the female sex workers and their clients, including their lodgings, wish to condemn the blatant exposure of the persons featured in this documentary by K24 and general content and messaging of the feature.
We note:

• The disregard by the journalists and producers by showing, on live television, the faces of women who sell sex thereby exposing them to risk such as beatings, rejection, shame and discrimination.

• The use of tricks by the show’s producers to blackmail and entice the sex workers into giving their personal stories and using hidden cameras, to capture faces and locations, is also suspect and in clear violation of journalism ethics and practices.

• The decision to show public exposure by some of the sex workers on live television was demeaning and dangerous to young persons who watch the show.
As the sex worker movement, we thus:

• Would like to say that the sex workers exposed in the documentary were mothers, parents, sisters and aunts grandmothers and therefore if their identities are not protected, their lives are in danger and at risk in the community and their family members.

• Note that the documentary demeaned the women featured by not only exposing their faces and profession, but by asking degrading personal and sexual questions.

• Wish to inform you that due to recent media reports, we have experienced several killings and attacks from unknown persons against sex workers, both male and female and transgender. The media has a role to play in shaping how society treats its minorities and if not reported in a balanced, respectful and ethical way, are
liable to attacks and other risks.
We demand that:

• K24 remove further publishing of the documentary publicly and on social media and YouTube to further stop the damage done.

• K24 issues an apology and retraction of the documentary to stop further public humiliation and stirring hate among Kenyans.

We would like to reiterate that sex workers rights must be respected at all times.
Further, we call on the media and the Government to concentrate on more pressing social issues such as poverty, education, rising insecurities, food and others. What two consenting adults do in their own privacy harms no one.

Signed, July 9, 2013

Kenya Sex Workers Alliance (KESWA)
HOYMAS-Kenya
Bar Hostess and Empowerment Programme
(BHESP)
Identity Kenya,
African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA)
Warembo Sasa
Bar Owners Group,
Chaani PTC,
Arise & Shine,
Night Nurse,
Shooting Stars,
Bentrose Group,
Changamka Self Help Group,
HAPA Kenya and all sex workers activists,
individuals, organizations
Contacts: 0717662915 / keswa04@gmail.com


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11 comments for K24 in TROUBLE……..GAYS/ LESBIANS demanding an APOLOGY …… Press statement

  1. I MISSED THE EPISODE ADMIN PLEASE GIVE US THE LINK

  2. What evil is this!!!!!! You actually expect an apology for being exposed in your devious ways. What a shame! The day our society will start accepting what these people are doing as normal and look the other way, then we shall be a doomed society. A wife goes to prostitution and we are expected to condone that!!! Stay unmarried and do as you please. Some of us believe in the word of God and what the Bible says is unacceptable will never be acceptable to those who believe in God. God's word says that we shall not commit adultery. Homosexuality is an abomination before God.
    No matter what you say these things are unacceptable and you cannot force them on us.

  3. apology for what? bibi za watu malaya???? yet you ask for apology? kwani when you hide there you think you are ok? silly malayas.

  4. instead of caring for your families you ask for apology? you fear beating,rejection and shame instad of HIV! wacheni umalaya. chungeni familia zenu. i wish k24 gts more documentaries.congrats k24.

  5. What apology while we should be beheading them the only apology you will get is from my panga saying oopps! sorry i missed and chopped your shoulders i was going for the neck sit still am sorry...kwanza wafisi zao ziwapi tuanze uko kisha familia zao pia ndo vizazi vya usherati vikwishe

  6. If what you are doing is ok, then you have no need/fear of being exposed. PERIOD!

  7. Ati Apology? I thot they r all proud of who they r n wat they do. admin share the link tuwa checkie.

  8. lol on those group names...ati rise n shine n shooting star!!! :D #Iican't

  9. these demons better keep quet we have hand enough shame already.if they new they have families or want respect they would've not been putting their families at risk by those disgusting evil behaviours

  10. Eti apology kwa gays? Even animals do not mount on their same sex animals. Doesnt this tells how animals more clever than gays? You all need medical check ups because you are all seriously sick.

  11. rastaman dont apologise to no battyboy..(sizlas voice)

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