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Tabloid Journalism and Anti-corruption Crusade in Kenya

  • Brian Chama
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Abstract

Brian provides insights on corruption in Kenya noting that it has a historical dimension which spans from the era of the first President Jomo Kenyatta. He discusses anti-corruption tabloid journalism reporting. He focuses on the Goldenberg scandal in which the government paid millions of dollars on what was supposed to be subsidized exports of gold over their foreign currency earnings which were being smuggled from Congo. He also looks at the Anglo Leasing scandal in which plans to buy a sophisticated passport equipment system from France to replace its passport printing ended up in corruption transactions leading to the loss of millions of dollars. Brian discusses the Triton Oil scandal in which there was unauthorized release of oil by the Kenya Pipeline Company using back-door transactions. He concludes that tabloids despite experiencing regular harassments play a crucial role in creating awareness and pressuring the government to prosecute corruption through sensational headlines.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian Chama
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  1. 1.The Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced LearningMississaugaCanada

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