The #SomeoneTellCNN was one powerful case of African audiences contesting the stereotypical portrayals of Africa in global news coverage. The hashtag tells the story of Kenyans challenging media hegemony and the accompanying dominant stereotypes that are fostered by global news media coverage. Kenyans used the #SomeoneTellCNN to point out errors in news reporting of local events by international media, while at the same time re-writing stories about international news coverage of East Africa.
Kenyans on Twitter quickly invoked the hashtag #SomeoneTellCNN to critique the way in which CNN had covered events about Kenya.
Below are sampled Twitter conversations.