MWAURA: Open bias in media new threat to independent press

As we approach the elections season, it’s important for media houses to give equal opportunity to the various sides of the political divide

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• Some media owners have also openly declared their preferred presidential candidate, while others are would be aspirants themselves.  

• For many, the fear of reprisal in terms of being denied government-related advertising jobs, the economic mainstay of many of the media houses makes them pliant to the wishes of the state.

Today is not world press freedom day but if recent happenings in our media circles are anything to go by, then there is need for a rethink of what constitutes press freedom.

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