Media at cross-roads: Reflections on the Kenyan news media and the coverage of the 2007 political crisis

  • G Ogola


The coverage of the 2007 post-election violence by Kenya’s news media cannot be disaggregated from the institutional defi ciencies of the Kenyan state. This article argues that coverage of the crisis revealed a media at a cross-roads; one embedded in the state’s institutional failures yet expected to stand apart from them. The article further argues that local coverage of the confl ict was in fact revealing of a separate ‘crisis’ simultaneously facing the Kenyan news media. A combination of factors ranging from the media’s  internal structural weaknesses to a weak national regulatory media regime, poor policy and legal frameworks affected the coverage

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