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Kenyan Media Gets Thumbs Up for Coverage

Macharia Munene | Daily Nation   in  ·
November 24, 2014

In the last one and a half years, the Kenyan media have been under political pressure both from within and without.

This was partly due to prevailing fallacies that to be free and objective the media have to be hostile to the government and to other institutions within the State. This seemingly gave rise to a belief in a false dichotomy for media operators: To be either hostile or subservient, but not objective.

This fallacy is consequent to disconnects, leading to the loss of purpose for which institutions, states, and journalism exist. That primary purpose is to safeguard and promote the interests of people and institutions in specified states. Such organs are obliged to ensure that their activities do not end up destroying the societies within which they operate.

Ensuring that purpose, however, is made difficult by two professional disconnects. First, some operators have fuzzy “loyalty to idealistic journalism” rather than to the well-being and survival of the media house or society in which they operate. Second, others have primary loyalty to the media house or government but not to journalistic ideals.

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