Graduate School of Media and Communications
The Kenyan case highlights government’s recourse to sophisticated, “silent” but effective process of emasculating the media in spite of the robustness of the constitutional, legal and institutional frames for media behaviour. The author, Peter Kimani, notes further, however, that investments in the technology sector have led to an empowered citizenry and helped to reorganize the way news is sourced and disseminated, particularly through mobile telephony. According to him, “this, it is safe to predict, is the next news frontier, and start-ups and other fringe news portals are likely to problematize power relations between media barons and the state, and provoke reassessment in the way censorship is/will be exercised in the near future”.
Kimani, Peter. 2018. Of rattle snakes and grapes of wrath: rise, fall and rise of independent media in Kenya. In: Olukotun, A. (Ed.) Watchdogs or Captured Media? A Study of the Role of the Media in Nigeria’s Emergent Democracy, 1999-2016. Lagos: Diamond Publications.