April 25th 2017

Watchdog



Regulator wants answers from Safaricom on service interruption

Jack Otwala | Monday, 24 Apr 2017 16:44 EAT

CA director general Francis Wangusi said the regulator was reviewing the cause of the service interruption and would take action on Safaricom if it finds that the problem arose from technical failure. "We are waiting to get an explanation on what happened," he said.


Journalists mourn dear colleague, human rights defender Job Weru

Cynthia Gitau | Monday, 10 Apr 2017 17:41 EAT

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.


German embassy official visits Kenya Free Press

David Mutua | Thursday, 30 Mar 2017 18:23 EAT

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.


Press freedom in Kenya under renewed attack ahead of tight August election

David Mutua and Nyambura Muthoni | Thursday, 23 Mar 2017 15:42 EAT

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.


Mainstream media blacks out news of 'starving' Machakos County workers

Free Press Correspondent | Friday, 10 Mar 2017 18:21 EAT

"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".


On Kenya's radio stations, politicians own the message

Liza Makena | Tuesday, 07 Mar 2017 11:37 EAT

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.


British rancher's killing raises fears of Zimbabwe-style land seizures

Priscillah Wanjiru | Monday, 06 Mar 2017 11:14 EAT

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.


Media challenged to take role in war against illegal arms

Jackson Okata | Thursday, 16 Feb 2017 16:05 EAT

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.


For retrenched Radio Africa employees, rare benefits to soothe the pain

Priscillah Wanjiru | Thursday, 09 Feb 2017 08:32 EAT

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.


Star newspaper to cut back on news, opinion in new structure

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 07 Feb 2017 14:54 EAT

"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.


There will be no sacred cows in job cuts, 'Star' editors told

Free Press Reporter | Monday, 06 Feb 2017 19:52 EAT

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.


When Ruto's vehicles bring death, families are muzzled and media obliges

Free Press Reporter | Thursday, 26 Jan 2017 10:32 EAT

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.


Embu aspirant threatens journalist for reporting alleged sexual escapades

Free Press Correspondent | Friday, 20 Jan 2017 12:16 EAT

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.


Nation Media retires 'best editors', low Safaricom revenues blamed for losses

Free Press Reporter | Thursday, 12 Jan 2017 18:00 EAT

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.


Citizen TV's '10/10' show promoting immorality, says Ezekiel Mutua

Free Press Reporter | Sunday, 08 Jan 2017 18:21 EAT

"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.


Star newspaper alone strikes balance on Uhuru, Millie insults

Julius Chemitei | Thursday, 22 Dec 2016 15:55 EAT

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."


Jubilee's amendments of bipartisan pact put Kenya on precipice

Free Press Reporter | Thursday, 22 Dec 2016 13:32 EAT

"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).


Reporters praise Galava's hand as Standard emerges from the shadows

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 20 Dec 2016 11:26 EAT

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.


Kenyans urged to appreciate, help older people

Rose Mukonyo | Saturday, 17 Dec 2016 13:34 EAT

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.


Migori governor disowns plot to harm journalist; threats cast shadow on election

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 08 Dec 2016 21:08 EAT

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


Radio Africa Group cancels staff party as cash crunch bites

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 30 Nov 2016 18:20 EAT

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.


KFCB withdraws controversial media draft bill

John Moyi | Thursday, 17 Nov 2016 16:58 EAT

“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.


Star newspaper to send off dozens of employees in new restructuring

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 16 Nov 2016 19:35 EAT

“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.


Journalists at Nation, Standard uncertain of future as newspaper job cuts loom

Free Press Reporter | Saturday, 12 Nov 2016 18:14 EAT

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.


KIMC's media management guru Michael Ambani passes on

Free Press Reporter | Saturday, 29 Oct 2016 14:22 EAT

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.


Citizen fires its best journalists, cementing media's race to the 'bottom line'

Free Press Reporter | Thursday, 27 Oct 2016 18:55 EAT

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....."


KUJ official pays visit to Kenya Free Press

Oscar Ndunda | Wednesday, 12 Oct 2016 15:15 EAT

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.


Friends mourn as sports journalist Chris Tsuma dies

John Onyando | Saturday, 08 Oct 2016 20:58 EAT

"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.


Media Complaints Commission appointments welcomed by journalists

Norrice Azenga | Thursday, 06 Oct 2016 17:20 EAT

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.


Human rights body raises alarm over increased threats to media

Oscar Ndunda | Thursday, 08 Sep 2016 18:15 EAT

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.


Nominees list for 2016 Social Media Awards is out

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 24 Aug 2016 15:05 EAT

The annual OLX social media awards recognizes and rewards individuals who have made good use of social media to positively impact society.


Athiani FM loses two star presenters to rival Mbaitu FM

Oscar Ndunda | Tuesday, 02 Aug 2016 17:45 EAT

Athiani FM is owned by former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, while Mbaitu FM is associated with former Lands CS Charity Ngilu.


Kenya celebrates Social Media Day amid worries of misuse

Waithera Murugi | Monday, 04 Jul 2016 18:58 EAT

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.


Once a behemoth, Nation Group is struggling in tight market

Waithera Murugi | Thursday, 30 Jun 2016 19:03 EAT

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.


Gado debuts at 'Standard' with stinging rebuke of the media

Derrick Kiraka | Sunday, 19 Jun 2016 11:42 EAT

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.


Boniface Ongeri: The journalist who became an adopted Somali son

Cynthia Irandu | Saturday, 18 Jun 2016 15:22 EAT

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.


NCIC seeks to regulate media coverage of hate speech

Lemmy Bramwel | Friday, 17 Jun 2016 06:28 EAT

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


Jubilee mooting new law to govern social media

Sandra Onindo | Wednesday, 08 Jun 2016 08:57 EAT

“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.