Factually True, Legally Untrue - Political Media Ownership in Kenya

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Author(s):
Othieno Nyanjom

To explore the issue of media ownership in Kenya, Internews commissioned Researcher Othieno Nyanjom to conduct a nationwide investigation into political ownership of the full range of media outlets.

The report finds that while media ownership is sometimes obvious, media owners often use their spouse, parents or trusted friends to register their media outlets, making it difficult to obtain clear data on media ownership. For instance, the researcher notes that the connection of presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta with MediaMax (owner of Kameme FM, Milele FM, The People and K24 among others) is factually true but legally untrue because the name of Uhuru Kenyatta does not appear in any legal document.

Over 500 copies of the report have been printed and disseminated to newsrooms, media regulatory bodies, media organizations and civil society groups. This report was used to directly engage stakeholders on the issue of political interference or control. 

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