- Luderick Ludriga If you want me to do a story on why Moi didnt attend the funeral then trust me its possible but one fact is the story will be mere speculation and to that effect almost propaganda.This is what used to be in most weekly tabloids in 80s and 90s..in such ...See More
- Carol Nyege @Luderick Ludriga our understanding of what investigative journalism, propaganda and speculation are is totally different. When Those brave American journalists did the Watergate story that removed an American president, I am told people were saying exactly what you are saying here "mere speculation." The Jicho pevu guy told us Saitoti died of poisoning, again mere speculation (according to you). Somebody has brainwashed Kenyans into believing that if it is not an official statement from the government spokesman then it is speculation. We prefer pure lies spun as the truth to speculation that is closer to the truth. Poor Kenyans. This seems to be the thinking in the leading media houses as well. Is it any surprise that our newspapers are so boring that I usually flip through in 3 minutes flat? I have been wondering when somebody will write a piece like this one about how low the Kenyan media has sunk since it was run by illiterate speculation peddlers in the 80s. I agree with my friend Chris Kumekucha give me back the 80s any time. Give me back "speculation". Where would I be if Facebook had not come along. I laugh and I get better informed. Wacha wale hawataki speculation walale. Thanks for this "propaganda" piece Chris Kumekucha. Pls keep them coming.
- Carol Nyege I love The Star and it is the only newspaper I read these days. Nation I read the obit pages only. To be blunt the more educated people are the more stupid and less creative they get. I think that is what happened to the boring Daily newspapers. It is like reading a thesis. Plus the fact that the government gained control of Nation during the Kibaki days (speculation again but proven daily by the kind of stories they publish). Remember the one about Mary Wambui (Obako's second wife) being given space to tell Kenyans lies? Tena on a Sunday? Eti she is not Kibaki's wife. What were the GSU guys doing still guarding her? I guess that is not worse than speculation. Free press died in kenya a long time ago na hio ni obvious.
- Luderick Ludriga You guys dont read.Talking of parliament,what has not been covered?and if the Star have not covered it why say the media has not.Is the star not a daily.?How many people here read the Standard on Sunday and Nation on Saturday and Sunday?How many of you read other staff imd papers other than politics.Like the Standard and Nation on Wednesday and Thursdays you will get very detailed word on Technoloy and education.Do you people read agricultural articles in the papers?or all you want are investigations on who killed who and not investigations on how a street boy turns into a millionaire.?
- Kumekucha Chris Bwana Luderick you sound exactly like those journalists I meet at cocktail parties desperate to look intelligent and busy proving that they read widely. Every time I look in their direction, I see them nodding their heads all evening completely failing to ask the right questions and missing the real story. I don't read agriculture because it is always based on press releases and I would bet that the story about the street boy who became a millionaire was organized by a PR company or spin doctor preparing the millionaire for the next level. How about an investigative piece on the entrepreneur who has grown rich supplying the glue and drugs for the street boys to get high on?
- Kumekucha Chris Talking of reading widely, have you ever heard of a guy called Alfred Hamsworth (Lord Northclife) a newspaperman who read widely but always simplified, clarified and digested everything for the masses to easily take in? That is what true genius is. This discussion will be difficult when most people do not even understand what the role of the media in a developing country like Kenya really is. In my view if you cannot talk to even 30% of the population and you call yourself a leading daily then you are a joke. What people are referring to here is an elitist media. There is of course nothing wrong with being elitist except that it is a different discussion. The problem in Kenya apart from the clever control of the media by those who own Kenya (and it works because most of us are so gullible) is that the elitist media are trying to force their elitism down our throats and then blaming Kenyans for being poor readers. Hamsworth lived in the 19th century but he has very important lessons for the media in Kenya today.
- Luderick Ludriga That has been covered.As l said you people dont read.An article has been done on how the streetboys and disabled are being used by those entreprenuers you are saying.l personaly with other reporters from the dailies we have extensively covered farming out of our initiative.My latest piece is on ivory trade:How the big names in KWS conspire witg poachers..the thing is,you people are political adicts.By the way,l dont do cocktails.l buy my bottle.
- Luderick Ludriga Kenya today??man,its time you bring what you have done,l bring my work and we know who is who.By the way talking of Star,you wont miss my feature stories as a correspondent,my recent story,on rabbit farming,-read my brother.Read.
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- Luderick Ludriga The editors choping board will always be there.Good stories will sometimes be killed whereas some shody work will be published.The late Mr.Kaloki a former editor with the Nation would have told us its a perenial challenge.Yes l have had my stories being killed for reasons you will be told "our editorial policy"..many investigative stories on Uhurus visit in the UK were killed..Wanjohi Githae must be telling us this.
- Luderick Ludriga @kim lets go with facts for facts-you give me an example of an ill informed story in the dailies then we compare notes.@chris ,yes alot hapens.We have a lot of hardworking young reporters who toil for stories but our editors are sometimes bought to kill.lt hapens.As l said,its a perenial challenge.
- Kumekucha Chris That editorial policy that kills stories, who came up with it and why? Is it designed to sell newspapers or to protect certain interests? Should an editor of a national daily be a gatekeeper for certain powerful individuals? Is it acceptable? How have these editorial policies impacted journalism in Kenya? How have employment policies in the press impacted us as a country? Like the one of NOT employing journalists who are not graduates (no matter how talented they are)? Is writing a gift or something that anybody who has had the privilege of higher education can learn in a flash? What happens in other parts of the world? How come the most notable legendary journalists, on Fleet street for instance, have mostly NOT been university graduates? Is the Kenyan media an elitist tool or a crucial development tool that should be used to reach the masses and educate them for a better Kenya? If it is for the masses do these editorial policies reflect this? What do Kenyan journalists thrive on, doing that story that was discussed in diplomatic circles or the one that ends up being passed around in the Mathare slums for weeks?
- Luderick Ludriga No,Kim,,journalists not doing their work and the stories being killed is a different thing....my work is t go out and get the story,,not to make sure it runs....Good you brought up the Pattni story..yes its a scandal...the question is,was he one in a scandal?what is different not to make the current happenings a scandal ...bottom line we have allegations.What is this inserpt they put that is fiction.That is what l want you to tell me Okumu.All papers carried te Pattni story..Nation decided to go with it as the splash.which is easily understandable.
- Amaheno Jumbah Giving a closing remark here, Kenya is in damn shit because of the Sirikali thing in their mindset installed by the real colonialists and the neo ones. I hear you read widely, who has read 'Not Yet Uhuru'? Before you read that book you will never understand this nation. We are fakes! I loved the DAILY NATION till i realized its just a jumble of bought jounarlism. Editors too afraid of libel and the boards direction and cash flow projections for the next five years they dont wanna ruffle some feathers. I have had my articles published there too but the editing that occurs leaves the piece 'safe' not truthful! So i quit! We are at a Y junction. Hope i never digressed! That is the bottomline. The love of money is the beginning of all evil!!!
- Kim Okumu Luderick -
is an editor a journalist?
the story is ill informed to misinform and heavily one sided - a half truth is a half lie therefore it is a lie meant to sway public opinion against an individual
is Pattni robbing Kenya or are there 'some Kenyans' robbing him of his rights and exclusive contracts - in the name of the masses yet its a handful of organisations and people that are benefiting...
Pattni hana haki ama?
-"...easily understandable"? not if you're Pattni/Paul on Sunday? are these journalistic tactics to you?
- Kim Okumu Luderick - Amaheno Jumbah is not alone - his closing remark does it for me - I hope you keep on the straight and narrow but be warned that if you sleep with the sheep you will certainly get fleas - unless you're extremely exceptional - which it seems you are! - kudoz
- Kumekucha Chris You cannot spin lies and turn it into the truth and neither can you dress lies so well that it passes for the truth. The truth is that journalism in Kenya is in trouble. The best expose that is never published was never written pure and simple. How can you solve a problem that you do not see? To be honest it is disturbing when a practicing journalist defends a media industry where editors are killing their best stories and yet they find that acceptable. It disturbs me terribly. Admittedly my big "problem" is that I saw what was there before and I see what is there now. In those days editors feared to publish stories and that was understandable today editors try to outdo each other killing stories and that I cannot understand. That is the difference and we urgently need to answer the question why??? This is not a trivial matter because the future of our motherland depends on it.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
So, Is The Press In Kenya Really Dead? Or Is Kumekucha Just Cooking His Own Stories?
A Muthui Saiti posted my article yesterday about the independent free press in Kenya being dead, on Facebook. It elicited some very interesting comments which tell a story of their own. I hereby reproduce those comments;