Why The Media Is Losing The Digital Migration Debate

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 05:18, by Patrick Gathara
For nearly a week now, three of Kenya’s major privately-owned TV stations have been off air due to a row with the industry regulator over migration to a digital platform. The stations, NTV, Citizen TV and KTN, which together account for the vast majority of TV viewership in the country (they claim up to 90 percent), have had a long running and convoluted battle with the Communications Authority essentially demanding a license to broadcast their own content as opposed to handing it over to the two carriers the government has licensed.

It is said that truth is often the first casualty of… ( Read on! )

Saving Kenya From Its Elites Will Take More Than A New Constitution

Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 16:29, by Patrick Gathara
In an article last month, economist Dr David Ndii expounded on the changes that the country’s 2010 constitution has rung in as well as the reduced opportunities for extraction of rents. He opined that the imperial presidency, traditionally the bane of Kenya’s democracy, had been effectively dismantled and that devolution had dramatically reduced the payoffs for corruption if not exactly ensured accountability. “There just aren’t that many large carcasses for all the big ravenous hyenas in Nairobi. The cheese has moved. The rats have not. They slept through the revolution,” he… ( Read on! )

Being African Is Not All It's Cracked Up To Be

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 08:37, by Patrick Gathara
When the prolific columnist, Charles Onyango-Obbo, wrotethat the International Criminal Court “had finally made Kenya an African country” he meant that the government’s reaction to the trials had aligned the country more closely with policies in much of the rest of the continent. I think there is another, perhaps more profound, sense in which Kenyans have become Africans.

To begin with, I have always been uncomfortable with the notion of “Africa”. It has not been apparent to me what, apart from an overabundance of pigmentation, I am supposed to possess in common with most of the… ( Read on! )

Here Comes The HotStepper...

Wednesday, February 04, 2015 - 21:23, by Patrick Gathara

Whose Welfare Are Police Reforms Improving?

Wednesday, February 04, 2015 - 14:22, by Patrick Gathara
It is a routine many of us engage in everyday. We wake up, take a shower, dress, have some breakfast, shove the laptop into a bag and head off to work. We probably never imagine that this might actually land us in jail. Yet this is exactly what happened to Julio Otieno, who heads Sauti Ya Mtaa, a journalism hub based in Nairobi’s Kariobangi South. As he strolled to his office, Julio was accosted by policemen and required to produce a receipt for the laptop he was carrying. After failing to do so, he was arrested and locked up for handling suspected stolen goods. When his colleagues heard… ( Read on! )

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