Kenya | Freedom House

Freedom of the Press



Freedom of the Press 2002

2002 Scores

Press Status

Not Free

Press Freedom Score
(0 = best, 100 = worst)


Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)


Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)


Although Kenya's colonial-era sedition laws were repealed in 1997, President Daniel arap Moi's ruling KANU party has warned that Moi would not tolerate "insults from the press." The Official Secrets Act, the penal code, and criminal libel laws restrict press freedom. Numerous cases were brought against journalists for defamation. The country's few private radio and television stations are either pro-Moi or carefully apolitical. Private print media are vibrant, although they face government harassment. A new media law proposed at the end of the year would appoint a government censor to monitor the media and require registration of publications through an exorbitant fee. Another act would license television programs and advertisers.