The Media Council of Kenya hits out at both local and international media over their coverage



The Media Council of Kenya’s (MCK) news bulletin, The Media Observer that scrutinizes trends in the local media has singled out a number of stories published by both international and local media for criticism.

Among the stories highlighted in the bulletin is a story published in the Sunday Standard on January 13 which MCK says it stood out for the wrong things.

“It ignored all journalism principles. The report was first published online with the title, “Is Raila doing it again?” By evening the title had been rehashed to, “Raila does it again as Jubilee implodes.” This story by Daniel Wesangula and Nzau Musau stood out like a sore thumb. With zero attribution or other traits for journalistic reporting, it smelled like a planted story,” the bulletin says.

It adds that story started out with a dead giveaway and a cliché: “It can either be by design or by default, but Raila Odinga’s political maneuvers have over the years confounded friend and foe.”

The MCK says: “The first part of this opening sentence gives away where the writers are going. They could as well have put up a sign saying, “Readers are stupid; don’t bother thinking; we have thought this through for you.”

For more details read the Sunday Standard story: Raila does it again as Jubilee implodes

The bulletin also took issue with the way the western media covered the DusitD2 hotel terrorist attack arguing that the western mainstream media values the lives of people in rich countries more than those in developing countries.

Kenya paramilitary commandos storm DusitD2 Hotel on a rescue mission. PHOTO/FILE

The newsletter a day after the DusitD2 hotel terrorist attack, Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper reported that: “A British man and an American woman are among the 14 people killed when gunmen sprayed guests with bullets and a suicide bomber blew himself up in a terror attack on a luxury hotel in Kenya.”

In it is initial report on the attack, the New York Times began its story as follows: “A luxury hotel and an office complex housing foreign companies in Nairobi came under heavy attack by Al Shabab militants on Tuesday.”

The bulletin says this shows that foreign nationals and businesses in some far away third world country are of greater news value to western mainstream media than the miserable lives of locals who ‘die like flies daily from many causes anyway’.

For more details read the bulletin here:THE MEDIA OBSERVER

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