Larry Madowo and the media fraternity had a tough month of January.
The month culminated with the closing of 3 media house signals by the government. Larry is one of those old-school journalists who love speaking truth to power, which should be the job of the fourth estate.
For the last four years, Larry has been writing a column for the Daily Nation, a paper published by the Aga Khan-owned media house.
He column is called FrontRow and in it he shares and airs out his opinion to the masses, hopefully uncensored.
But things went awry according to Larry this week when Kenya’s biggest media house refuse to run the opinion piece.
He said on his social media:
“This week, the @dailynation refused to print my column for the first time in nearly 4 years.”
But even if the paper refused to publish the piece, international media company CNN run it. He added:
“The irony aside, the same piece is now published on CNN.”
In the piece, Madowo speaks of how he spent the night at his office after plain-clothed police officers camped outside NMG’s building along Kimathi street with the intention of arresting him NTV Managing Editor Linus Kaikai and anchor Ken Mijungu.
The trio was being hunted down by police for refusing to adhere to Government’s order not to broadcast the controversial swearing-in of NASA leader Raila Odinga as the People’s President.
Before Odinga’s oath-taking Madowo entered into a scuffle with his bosses over media independence during an official meeting.
The NTV news anchor was particularly agitated that the company had not taken any meaningful action to protect Justus Wanga – a Nation reporter who faced threats from Deputy President William Ruto’s press secretary David Mugonyi.