Ten years ago this month Kenyan troops invaded Somalia. Coverage of the incursion by the Kenyan media has consistently and uncritically favoured the Kenya Defence Forces.
Wars and the news media
The unilateral decision by former President Mwai Kibaki’s government opened a decade of countless terror attacks across the country.
KDF and the media
The primary reason behind the Kenyan news media’s uncritical reportage of the war in Somalia is embedded journalism.
This is tourism on the battlefield and the troops are the tour guides who control journalists during the adventure that is war coverage.
When news of the invasion was announced a decade ago, elites in Nairobi were quick to promise that it would be a short war. However, our troops are still “fighting terror” that has killed thousands of Kenyans inside and outside Somalia. It is conceivable that critical news coverage of this war by the Kenyan mass media would lead to the long-overdue exodus of KDF from Somalia.
First posted at The Elephant