No bullet can shoot down ‘a word’, defend journalism as a public good


A cameraman flees to safety in Nairobi on October 24, 2017 after police officers lobbed teargas canisters at Nasa supporters who were participating in street demonstration.

Photo credit: Evans Habil | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • It should worry us that, somehow, public memories of past heroes and past liberties are fading each year.
  • We must forge ahead and find ways to fund our media so that it’s sustainably independent.

All keen observers would notice a systematic but sustained squeezing of the media space in Kenya. The sponsors, proponents and implementers of this scheme have proved most adept at using soft force, singing media freedom the loudest during the day before sliding into the shadowy beds with the attackers at night.


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