About the Annual Media Summit

The Annual Media Summit is brought to you by the Media Council of Kenya

The Annual Media Summit is a regional meeting of media practitioners and stakeholders to deliberate on pertinent issues affecting the sector. It is an opportunity, to discuss and decide and also reward and recognize practitioners’ achievements in promoting a professional, free and independent media.

The event is a successor to the Journalists’ Convention and Annual Journalism Excellence Awards, in order to expand the scope of the Council’s media engagements beyond journalists to the media ecosystem as envisioned by the Media Council Act 2013.

Summit Program
SUMMIT AGENDA
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SUMMIT

Thursday

2nd August, 2018.

Summit

Opening Keynote

Session

Summit

Keynote Session

Summit

Panel Discussions

Summit

Panel Discussions

Media Debate
SUMMIT

Friday

3rd August, 2018.

Summit

Keynote

Session

Summit

Closing

Keynote Session

AJEA & Gala Dinner
2018 Topics
  1. Media & Sustainable National Development: The Big Four Agenda
  2. Media’s Role in Addressing Environmental Challenges & Opportunities: Road to Food Security
  3. Media & Gender Representation
  4. Media & The Business Agenda: Are We Doing Enough?
  5. Universal Access to Health Care: A Devolution Success Story
  6. Safety & Protection of Journalists and Challenges of Online Content Regulation in Kenya
  7. Media Sustainability & Viability in Kenya: Path to a Vibrant Fourth Estate
Background

The Media Council of Kenya convenes the media sector working group with the aim of improving professionalism and networking in the media industry in Kenya. The working group that brings together several media professional groups and support institutions, has developed an industry-led approach to ensure the media plays a critical role in the national development discourse in general, and on government’s agenda four.

 

At the regional level, the MCK is a member of the East Africa Media Summit since its nomination in 2014 as the lead agency in the preparations for the East African Community Media Summit and development of the Media Protocol for the East Africa Community. The Council has already developed a draft protocol and convened a number of media summits in Kenya.  Through the Council, Kenya has been providing a leadership role in ensuring that media and communication policies in the region offer an opportunity for Kenya to set the agenda for regionalization and development in the sector.

 

In view of this, the Council is organising a 3-day media summit coupled with a few high level debates, which will culminate into the journalist of the year award. The summit will entail a conference or a symposium and will aim at taking stock of progress by the industry and challenges thereof 8 years since the Constitution of Kenya 2010 took effect. The event also presents the sector with an opportunity to discuss and decide and also reward and recognize practitioners’ achievements in promoting a professional, free and independent media.

 

In concrete terms: the summit seeks to provide a forum for the industry to relook into its performance towards enhancing national development amidst claims by the Government that the media has abdicated its responsibility and that it is riddled with unprofessionalism. It aims at enhancing knowledge on media viability stimulating debate on the same, examine media regulation in a changing environment especially with the onset of online content access, fake news and the role of new technology in media.

 

The summit will attract participants from Kenya, and from around East Africa and will comprise of independent media institutions, media managers, media owners and entrepreneurs; media development practitioners, media educators, scholars, trainers and students; telecommunications industries, CSOs, donors, embassies, government ministries/agencies, international media organizations and the Kenya public.

Contextual Analysis & Justification

The Kenyan media landscape is currently facing significant challenges, both in terms of structural arrangements and professionalism.

 

This can be observed from the coverage of the electoral processes of, and the 2017 General Elections where, in most cases, the media became a political tool serving political interests as opposed to serving the public good. During the electoral period, surrogate party diehards and activists were seen in newsrooms pushing divisive political agenda, out rightly disregarding professional ethics of fairness, independence and integrity. Part of this practice has continued unabated post elections. Politicians have made sure the media system is at their beck and call thus seemingly reducing news to a commodity for the highest bidder.

 

In addition to the questions on the credibility of the media during the process, issues are being raised on the media’s adherence to the basic tenets of journalism including prioritising issues of public interest during the electoral processes. Further, the media is currently faced with internal challenges preventing it from fulfilling its civic duties during elections.

 

Moreover, there is growing tension between the media and the government, which threatens press freedom and access to information.

 

Given these contestations, public interest seems to have been crowded out, and the voice of the rank and file journalists, those with authentic interest in the wellbeing of journalism profession and the crucial role it plays in society, is subsumed in the din of corporate and governmental egotisms.

 

As such, the media fraternity is seemingly pulling apart, with journalist associations and unions caught in the middle making them more vulnerable. The Kenya Editors Guild and the Media Owners Association worry too much about their balance sheets and rarely support journalists and or the creation of structures that enhance media professionalism, accountability and welfare. There is thus little solidarity amongst journalists to foster joint efforts to safeguard press freedom.

 

Resulting from this is a frenzy to control the media, which is seemingly taking the upper hand in the process, as voices for those demanding for regulation (especially self-regulation) seems to be getting lost. In fact, it’s becoming fashionable when people, especially those in Government or public agencies bash the media or call for expanded laws to reign on the media thus reduce space for independent and free media.

 

That media must work towards creating solidarity and a common agenda for the media fraternity in the country is not in question. The MCK is convinced that divisions in the sector need to be reduced and a conducive environment created for the media to play its role in national development unhindered.

 

The path we are taking of forcing entities to control the media or adding more laws to regulate must be rethought and strategic decisions informed by research and experience undertaken.

Objectives & Expected Outcomes

To promote a free and independent media sector in Kenya and the East African Community (EAC).

1.1     Objectives of the Summit

  1. Provide a platform for a multiplicity of players – (media practitioners, trainers and students involved) to interact and exchange knowledge.
  2. Share existing experiences and expertise, and best case studies, examples of media sustainability by various industry players.
  3. Situate the importance of free and independent media on national development and the big four agenda
  4. Generate new knowledge on impact of technology on media, youth employment and related themes.

1.2     Expected outcomes

  1. Enhanced objectivity in engaging with media and media practitioners especially by governments and governments’ agencies.
  2. Increased visibility thus support of welfare institutions representing journalists.
  3. Increased knowledge levels among participants and generally members of the public regarding the Fourth Estate.
  4. Enhanced visibility of the MCK and its primary mandate as a media regulator.
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