The study conducted between January 1 and June 30, 2020, indicates that the conventional reporting format of news writing remained dominant with 1,965 stories, representing 75 per cent of all news stories and articles published during the time. Often, government officials were not questioned on their statements.
Recalling his journey in the newsroom, senior journalists say that Cheeye has left a mark in the journalism industry despite the tragedy that befell him long after he left the newsroom, finding himself in prison, for the same crime that he had fought through the use of the pen.
The study shows that sourcing from women has stagnated at around 20 percent of all sources quoted in the three years of the study, with only about three in 10 stories quoting women at all. Female MPs and women who represent international and local NGOs outperform all other professional women in speaking to the media.
Eric Chinje stated that whereas journalists are supposed to set the agenda and transform their nations and the entire continent, this has not been realised due to shallow research. He added that by asking the wrong questions and twisting information, journalists have made authorities give lousy answers and in some cases undermine the media.
Rachael Mugarura, the programs Manager Broadcast and Multimedia at ACME, observes that it is unfortunate that the presidential candidates failed to take advantage of thousands of their twitter followers.
This years World Press Freedom Day addresses three key themes namely freedom of information as a fundamental freedom and human right, protecting press freedom from censorship and surveillance overreach and ensuring safety for journalists online and offline.