African Intellectuals in a Hostile Media Environment

Macharia Munene

in Media and Identity in Africa

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780748635221
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653010 | DOI:
African Intellectuals in a Hostile Media Environment

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This chapter discusses how the African intellectual faces a hostile media environment because media are largely foreign owned or dependent on foreign sources and programming. Media are also involved in a new form of indirect rule – postmodern colonialism – in which the local media try to give the impression of being independent, while all the time getting guidance from Paris, London, Brussels or New York and Washington. Media shape the political and economic agenda, and they define the perceptions of African intellectuals as a community. Instead of fostering free thought, they have become part of a political machine that controls thought, thus frustrating any challenges not only to local political potentates, but also to their external manipulators.

Keywords: African intellectuals; African media; foreign media ownership; postmodern colonialism

Chapter.  3077 words. 

Subjects: African Studies

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