Factually True, Legally Untrue - Political Media Ownership in Kenya

Cover: Factually True, Legally Untrue
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. 

Download Factually True, Legally Untrue

Related Stories

  • Hope VS. Hype in Cure Reporting: Getting Our Sound Bites Right

    Towards an HIV cure - people focused, science driven
    Thursday, July 21, 2016

    (This story was originally posted on Medium.)

    A journalist friend once said to me — in all earnestness: “What will you people who work in HIV do if a cure is found for HIV tomorrow? All the programs you’re working on will have to close down.”

    There were so many things wrong with that statement, I didn’t know where to start.

  • In Memory of Pavel Sheremet

    Pavel Sheremet
    Thursday, July 21, 2016

    We join the international community in shock, anger and sadness at the loss of Pavel Sheremet in Kyiv on July 20th in a car bombing. Pavel represented the very best of journalism – dogged, unyielding and passionate. A full and independent investigation must be carried out to ensure all those responsible are swiftly brought to justice.

Research & Publications