There are 8 newspapers in Kenya:
is seen as most influential of all Kenya newspapers. It has a market share of about 75%. It has a reputation of being independent and unbiased. It maintains an excellent website, accessible at no charge. The Daily Nation is privately owned by the Nation Media Group, which also owns Nation TV, the radio station Nation FM, and several smaller newspapers. The English language Daily Nation was started by Aga Khan IV in 1960 as part of the struggle against colonialism. See my separate page about the
The Standard is the second of the Kenya newspapers, owned by the Standard Group which also owns KTN (Kenya Television Network). It is also the oldest newspaper: it was founded as the African Standard in 1902, and sold to a British company in 1905. For many decades it was a strong advocate of colonialism. Since 1995, the newspaper is owned by a Kenyan company again. In 2004, the name was changed to The Standard. In 2006, the offices of The Standard and KTN were raided by masked, armed men. Later the government admitted to be behind the raid. Website:
The East African
The East African is a weekly newspaper published by the Nation Media Group. It is mostly directed towards business news. Many articles are also published on it’s website.
This newspaper was started as the Nairobi Times. In 1983 it was bought by Daniel arap Moi’s government, rebaptized Kenya Times, and turned into a mouthpiece of Moi’s ruling party KANU. This happened 42 days before Moi dissolved the Parliament and called for early elections. When Moi had to introduce multi-party elections in 1992, the paper entered a difficult period and now it’s only a shadow of it’s former image. However, with the profits in Kenya’s media sector on the rise, several businessmen have showed renewed interest in the newspaper. It’s website is apparently out of the air.
The Nairobi star is the latest addition to Kenya’s print media. The first issue of this tabloid, which is published daily from Monday to Saturday, appeared on July 3, 2007. It has promised to become the “benchmark of gossip” and until now it’s living up to it’s word. It is owned by Patrick Quarko. It has promised to open a website soon.
A daily newspaper owned by veteran politician Kenneth Matiba. It apparently does not have a website.