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Kenya bans state advertising in private media

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Kenyans catch up on the news following US President Barack Obama’s visit to the country in July 2015. The Kenyan government has banned state advertising, including tenders and job applications, in commercial media. PHOTO | FILE 

By BERNARD NAMUNANE

Posted  Monday, February 27   2017 at  11:54

Mr Kinyua said that the new free circulating magazine will, in addition to championing the government agenda and adverts, carry articles of government programmes and opportunities for the youth and vulnerable groups, which is allegedly not carried by commercial media.

The previously thriving media sector in Kenya is shrinking, severely hit, partly by technological changes and a government advertising embargo.

Government advertising is tightly controlled by the Government Advertising Agency and is generally determined by how government officials judge coverage.

About 30 per cent of media advertising revenue comes from the government.

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