From Watchdogs to Hostages of Peace: The Kenyan Press and the 2013 General Election

  • Denis Galava


This chapter examines Kenya’s press coverage of the 2013 general election through a content analysis and interviews with journalists and media executives. It argues that peace journalism was a form of gatekeeping that undermined the ability of the media to perform their normative role of ensuring executive probity and accountability. It suggests that this was a deliberate ploy by media owners and the political elite to set the bounds of debate and to protect their economic interests by foreclosing any attempts to engage critically and interrogate both contentious and controversial issues that may have engendered conflict and violence.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Denis Galava
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  1. 1.Kings College London and University of EdinburghEdinburghUK

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