II. Kenya Media vs. Ugandan Media

'Developing' Country Example

When reading about Ugandan press in John Macarthur's 1991 article, "Slouching toward Freedom in Uganda", I came across an interesting snippet of information about Kenyan press. According to the article, Ugandan press, limited as it was, was still seen to be more progressive than Kenya's. Macarthur writes, "...in some ways the press in Uganda, though ragged in appearance, is freer and livelier than in ...Kenya, where the one party government of president Daniel Arap Moi brooks less criticism than Musuveni's one party state."

However, just six years later, things are so vastly different. To me, this is an example both of the dynamic world of media as well as s reflection of the constant political change occurring in Africa. Kenya is no longer the one-party government Macarthur wrote about, and what is more, the media is no longer developmental-focused as Hachten remarks in "The World News Prism". In fact, politics makes it to the front page on a regular basis since the introduction of a multi-party system.

A Kenyan article I read strongly shows Kenyan attempts to move away from development journalism. Professor Peter Cole, a journalism professor, said development journalism seemed to mean, "just tell the good news. There is simply no point in development journalism. The truth may not always be convenient, but it will always come out." Despite the problems and conflicts arising from government owned media, Kenyans are making attempts towards the liberalization theory method of press reporting.