If the recent developments in the media’s style of covering the intense political campaigns and the kind of asymmetrical interviews, particularly on the broadcasting platforms is anything to go by, then there’re all indicators pointing to the Fourth Estate’s predisposition to glorify mediocrity.
Addressing his supporters at a political rally in the populous Mt. Kenya region, President Kenyatta challenged the NASA flag bearer to compete with him ideologically, and not put communities on a collision course.
It is worth noting that Al Jazeera has, at its dawn distinguished itself with daring and bold reporting, simmering and fire-sparking debates and unforgiving covering of autocrats, save its Qatari hosts.
Approximately 80 other Press Freedom events are being organized around the world this year and leading news organizations including Al Jazeera, El Pais and Rappler will host dedicated blogs and feature special content for World Press Freedom Day.
Moha appealed the result within the ODM Dispute and Appeals Tribunal and has won a ruling that overturned the win by Abdallah and called for an amicable understanding on how the party can arrive at a candidate for the Nyali seat.
Immediately upon graduation, he joined the Standard as a correspondent based in the Nyeri bureau. He proved to be an astute reporter of news, features and investigations. He mentored many interns who passed through the Standard bureau but also others working for rival media outlets.
Maina Kageni and Mwalimu Kingangi, the morning hosts on Classic 105 radio station, were instrumental in the media campaign for her fundraising. She traveled her treatment journey with the public, writing regular updates on her Facebook page.
Making a transition from journalism into politics, Moha set his eyes on the Nyali seat on an ODM ticket. Last month, ODM leader Raila Odinga endorsed him for the seat. He, however, still has to win the ODM nomination, hence his fundraising needs.
Saying the media played a critical role in determining societal development, the diplomat praised the Kenyan media for its professionalism but said that it could do more to fight corruption. He cited the case of Germany, where media forced a president to resign following corruption allegations.
Reporters working at the paper told this website that for nearly a week, the company's third floor offices have been disconnected from Nairobi Water services, forcing staff to help themselves from the Bavaria Restaurant behind the building.
A Standard Group manager earlier said the whereabouts of the team's driver Godfrey Kamau and the vehicle they were travelling was yet to be known. But Kenya Union of Journalists secretary general Eric Oduor has confirmed that the journalists were free and had resumed contact with their driver.
The channel, whose motto is 'Beacon for the Nation', will have both religious and general content. It was immediately available on Star Times, GoTV, Bamba TV, ADN and the free to air decoders and has plans to join DStv, according to information from its founders.
The journalists were stripped naked, beaten by the officers, tortured and then taken to the cells. The police told the journalist they can’t fight them with since they only have cameras and pens yet the officers have guns. The police wanted to confirm if the journalists were circumcised.
"It is so shameful what is happening in Machakos. You have county government employees whose children have been sent out of school. Some cannot buy essential commodities including food and everyone knows this yet the media won't cover what is happening in Machakos".
S.K. Macharia is the most recognized media owner in Kenya, with full ownership of the Royal Media Services. Deputy President William Ruto, opposition leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula, among other also own radio stations.
The Sun’s story reported of the rancher's humanity right in th first paragraph, indicating that the “father-of-two was killed in 'tribal battleground' that was a popular destination with Britain's royal family, according to reports.”
Rosemary was admitted at Nairobi Hospital for nearly a week before being flown to South Africa, where she is currently receiving treatment. The Standard's article carried what the paper alleged to be a discussion with the Odingas about Rosemary's health.
Head of media monitoring at the Media Council of Kenya, Abraham Kipsang, challenged journalists reporting or covering stories related to the war against illegal SALW to always ensure that their reporting is in point and get all facts right before broadcasting their stories.
Radio Africa has given all the axed workers the option of proposing another job for themselves within the company (presumably in a different department) if they have another needed skill set to fit the job. Some retrenched staff also have the option of taking a pay cut and remaining in the company.
"The main source of our problems has been declining sales, and the management has decided that to counteract this they need less political coverage and more gossip and entertainment," said a journalist who was among those retrenched.
As advertising revenues continue to fall across the industry, Radio Africa has found itself running a huge recurrent bill associated with non-performing editors who take home six figure salaries but, in the words of one insider, "can hardly write comprehensible copy on the most basic news event".
According to Section 194, any person who, by print, writing, painting or effigy, or by any means otherwise than solely by gestures, spoken words or other sounds, unlawfully publishes any defamatory matter concerning another person, with intent to defame that other person, is guilty.
“Kenya’s mission in Somalia is in its sixth year and the media reportage of this engagement should have moved from patriotism to accountability. We cannot be talking about patriotism six years into a campaign whose endgame is not in sight,” Mr Kulundu said.
Back in Moi's Bridge, villagers and traders were organizing a bigger demonstration to express their displeasure even as the family began plans for the late Chekomoti's interment. A small committee has been set up to raise the family's grievance with the DP personally over the death.
Mr Macharia claims that the aspirant, who is a former Embu County executive committee member for agriculture, had initially complained to him over a Facebook post he had written and accused him of being behind an alleged social media campaign to tarnish the aspirant's name.
The system will deal a blow to rumour mongers who give false news with the main aim of eliciting tribal discontent among the public. The tools are likely to give candidates and their supporters ways of verifying the authenticity of facts on the proliferating websites and even the websites themselves
To some analysts, however, the delay in informing the public about the changes which were being implemented to augment an "online-first" strategy indicted the firm's preparedness for that strategy, signifying a sort of failure at the very start of a new journalism and business framework.
The big winner of the changes is Mr Mutuma Mathiu, who until yesterday was the group managing editor with greater oversight over the Daily Nation. Mr Mathiu has now been appointed the Executive Editor for Print division, making him the de facto editor in chief.
A source in the group's accounts department told the Kenya Free Press that it was badly hit by mobile phone company Safaricom's decision in late 2016 to weight its advertising costs online rather than on the print editions.
"Of even greater concern is the fact that some artists and performers who call themselves Christians feature in this show. We are losing it as a society and it will take a great measure of responsibility on all of us to restore sanity in our nation," said Mr Mutua.
Presiding over lighting the KICC for the festive season, the president had said, according to the Star: "On our left is the National Assembly representing democracy, but it has also given some idiots the ability to keep insulting me."
"How do you have a thriving multi billion mobile money sector, file our tax returns online, have a Sh150 billion fully online gambling industry, and then you want to tell us that a 12-hour election once every five years cannot be done electronically?" posed Junet Mohamed (MP for Suna East).
A reporter at the Standard Galava has brought a new dynamic in the newsroom. "It is a good combination to have Mr Galava, Kipkoech Tanui and Joe Odindo heading this newspaper group as we head into another hotly-contested election," said the reporter, referring to Mr Galava's editorial bosses.
Ms Mwanjisi said the older people played crucial roles in our societies, taking care of relatives, working hard in the homes and producing economically valuable services. “Over 12 million children orphaned by AIDS in Eastern and southern Africa are under the care of older people," she said.
The report will feed into the public's understanding of the scandal by providing a line of information the media has not been good at compiling. After investigating the paper trail in corruption scams, the media normally lacks the capacity for value for money analysis the government often adopts.
Independent sources in Migori informed this writer that some of Ms Otieno’s writing for her Standard newspaper had incensed Governor Obado’s camp which believes she is advancing the political ambitions of former energy minister Ochilo Ayako, who is expected to run against Obado for the ODM nominatio
Decision-making is being held back by an apparent rift between the print and electronic sides of the business, personified by two senior directors, Mr William Pike of the Star and Mr Quarcoo who has been in Kenyan radio business for over fifteen years.
“There is a serious gap that forced us to step in and correct the mess”, Mr Mutua said, but he reminded that there was no lacuna in the law protecting children from harmful media content as the Penal Code, Chapter 63 of the Laws of Kenya fully catered for children.
“They brought Spanish experts who came and said, ‘This is the way papers are designed in Spain and Italy and France,’” said a source, who divulged that the market responded with a stinging rebuke of plummeting sales from which the paper has never recovered.
The Saturday Standard editor was apparently inclined to avoid giving a seal of approval to a perception now well entrenched in the body politics: of the country bleeding even as the president ingenuously believes things are just fine, and his critics such as Raila Odinga are just being jealous.
According to insiders familiar with the developments, two top editors at the Standard have approached a number of reporters at the Nation and smaller media houses with offers for senior reporting roles.
The Nation could go for the Reynolds defence, a new jurisprudence developed in the case of Reynolds vs Times Newspapers Ltd, where the House of Lords ruled that, in matters of great public interest, a journalist had a duty to publish an allegation even if it turned out to be wrong.
The late Ambani has been described as an astute lecturer who led the Kenya’s main media training institution to greater heights when the country was experiencing exponential growth in the communication sector.
His specialty was media management and advertising, but being a well-liked personality in KIMC he had helped and remained close to dozens of journalism students, and to his death maintained good relations with those who passed through his hands.
While Ms Omolo and Mr Agao were probably ripe for retirement, the media house has also axed many who were at their prime. Chebet and Ng'arua had shown tremendous skill in news presentation.
“I mean, you don’t know government. We can get what you write even before you publish it, including getting print-shots and screenshots of the story. Someone can be reading your messages while sitting here. If there is a need to hack Nation’s system we can....."
Saying he is a keen reader of the Kenya Free Press, the secretary general encouraged the staff to keep up with the pace they have adopted and praised them for the quality of articles on the website.
"He was not quick to judgement, he was jovial and a very nice man. But above all he was a good journalist, an analyst, and a thinker," Mr Ouma told the Kenya Free Press.
Writing of Kwamboka's appointment, Ally A. Jamah wrote: "Most people are not aware about the commission and its work. I hope Kwamboka's tenure will see enhanced public awareness about the body and subsequent filing of complaints."
But the DPP declined saying that the journalists were behaving as people at a baraza and he is not in the capacity and position to address baraza’s.
The cases filed by KUJ include the video footage of two journalists, one from Royal Media Services and his counterpart of the Nation Media Group, being beaten by security guards of the Kakuzi Company in Murang’a County on September 3.
The annual OLX social media awards recognizes and rewards individuals who have made good use of social media to positively impact society.
Athiani FM is owned by former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, while Mbaitu FM is associated with former Lands CS Charity Ngilu.
The three speakers united in calling on social media enthusiasts to make good use of social media to transform the society through generation of content that is beneficial to their followers.
Closure of QTV and Nation FM is the latest sign of stress in a conglomerate unable to match the Kenyan audience’s demand for reliable news.
The criticism levelled against SABC is due to its disproportionate coverage of the ruling party, the Africa National Congress, while giving less time to other political parties. This is according to an analysis by the Democratic Alliance (DA) Party, published in the Business Day Live.
With the exception of a few flashes of authoritativeness, institutional media in Kenya has been allied with the dominant elite since independence. The two major media organizations, the Nation and The Standard, largely covered news in ways that pleased the government.
The Standard Group was still yet to fully appreciate Ongeri’s experience; until his death he served on a monthly retainer, working in hostile territory without medical cover or allowances.
The National Cohesion and Integrity Commission, whose mandate is to promote interethnic harmony, cultural understanding and peace, has floated new policy regulations to bar journalists from reporting speeches by politicians which could amount to hate speech.
The experience of veteran journalists Salim Lone and Paul Amina encapsulates how state and political machinery was used to suppress critical voices
“If the intention was to protect the reputation of others, then there are clear provisions in the law of Libel. I therefore come to the conclusion that section 29 cannot stand,” the judge ruled.