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CORD did not ask for Saba Saba coverage

17 July 2014, 11:32 William Korir

Nairobi - The CORD coalition failed to ask for live coverage of Saba Saba rally, a media caucus has been told, as the debate on whether the propagated media blackout was instigated by government continues.

Chairman of the Editor's Guild Linus Kaikai told a breakfast meeting held by editors that there was no way the government would proposition media houses not to cover the event.

He further added that the Saba Saba event was given more coverage than any other story in the prior and preceding days of the rally.

" CORD never bothered to ask for live coverage for Saba Saba, Kakai, who is also the head of broadcast division at the Nation Media Group said.

And on allegations of blackout as instigated by CORD leader Raila Odinga, Kaikai was critical of what was said, arguing that in-fact the event was afforded good coverage.

" There was no media blackout of Saba Saba, as there were broadcasts at 1pm and also in the evening led with Saba Saba. Headlines in papers too were all about Saba Saba on the day itself and the following morning.

Kaikai also insisted that there was no way the government could have intruded on their decision.

" There was also no instruction from Government, and that cannot happen. I will say it again, there was no request for live coverage. Decisions were made by individual editors, me included, he added.

CORD has insisted that the media was blackmailed into not covering the event.

Raila had even called the media regressive and against the gains made by Kenyans constitutionally.

But Kaikai also insisted that politicians have ensured that Kenya is on a backward trend.

"Today, we're further away from ideology-based politics than we were in 1963, he retorted. We need to seek change in that. Our politics has led Kenya down the wrong path and that has to change.

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