Uproar greets CNN ‘terror hotbed’ label

Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery addresses journalists at Harambee House in Nairobi on July 23, 2015. "If CNN (journalists) are civilised, they should apologise for terming Kenya a 'hotbed of terror,'" he said. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE |

What you need to know:

  • In broadcast, CNN claimed the US military had conducted nearly half a dozen secret air strikes in Somalia against Al-Shabaab militants because US intelligence indicated an attack against Kenyan troops.

  • The broadcaster later bowed to pressure from Kenyans on Twitter (KOT) and corrected the story to now call eastern Africa, not Kenya alone, a "hotbed of terror".

  • While the Kenyan government did not demand an apology from CNN, Mr Nkaissery said the broadcaster should issue one "if they are civilised enough".

The Kenyan government has protested to American broadcaster CNN for referring to the country as a "hotbed of terror".


You're all set to enjoy unlimited Prime content.