The sun was not allowed to shine in reporting Somalia v Kenya case

Kenya-Somalia border

This was shown on screen during ICJ judgement on the Kenya-Somalia maritime border case. The red dots show the new borderline declared by the court.

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What you need to know:

Kenyans relied on the media for surveillance on the maritime border dispute with Somalia.

Because of the incomplete stories by the media, many issues were left in darkness.

One of the important functions of the media is surveillance — to keep citizens informed of what is happening around them and the dangers and opportunities they face. To do this effectively, journalists rely on a formula called the ‘Five Ws and one H’ — who, what, when, where and why. Sometimes a sixth question, ‘how’, is added to the formula. A story can only be considered complete if it answers those questions.

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