The Media Council of Kenya (MCK) has confirmed through research that some of the articles that the media published concerning the digital migration process were not factual and accurate.

In a publication titled, Digital Combat: An assessment of media coverage of the digital migration process and debate in Kenya, MCK noted that some articles did not separate facts and opinions on the digital migration issue.

The report notes that majority of the opinions and commentaries published on the subject were those favouring the opinion of Africa Digital Networks (ADN) and supported the view that the government and CA were wrong, misguided and non-patriotic. The report also highlights the fact that the media refused to provide CA with an opportunity to present their side of the story or even air paid advertisements to create consumer awareness on digital migration.

Unending legal battles were also noted as a major challenge in the migration process. This legal battle led to a stand off between CA and ADN that saw members of the Consortium Nation Media Group, Standard Media Group and Royal Media Services remain off air for three weeks. “This eroded the public’s confidence in the migration process who developed a wait and see attitude as the global deadline fast approached, leaving consumers with little time to prepare for the migration to digital broadcasting platform while running the risk of having a last minute rush closer to the deadline.”

MCK describes this as “a violation of freedom of expression and access to the information. This is especially inappropriate when it is perpetrated by media institutions themselves.”

Read the full report that was launched on Wednesday, 2nd September 2015.