By Osugo Moseti & two others
Catherine Gicheru (pictured), is the Managing Editor at The Star newspaper, supposedly the Jubilee Editor-in-ChiefÂ who is working in cahoots with a certain Governor who owns substantive shareholding at Radio Africa Group that own the newspaper known as the Star, and have made it their business to undermine the opposition CORD and its leadership. The publication has specifically taken to spinning sensational anti-Raila headlines and spicing them with on cheap lies, propaganda, and filthy distortions.
As a champion of free speech and an astute defender of freedom of the press, Raila Odinga has not bothered to seek legal redress against this publication but he has today been forced to refute Star reports that he allegedly attributed Lamu violence to land grabbing by a certain community. Trashy, unproven and quite irresponsible headlines have become quite common with the Star newspaper. The unprecedented statement from Denis Onyango can be read here http://ow.ly/zg1bp
The Star, which many initially supported due to its brave independence has now degenerated into a ragtag tabloid being used to malign political leaders through the pen of Catherine Gacheru who also as Editor, acts as the main Jubilee gate keeper whose job is to filter out negative reports filed by their nearly 200 scribes and correspondence.
Needless to say, the Star has given a free hand to Miguna Miguna and Ngunjiri Wambugu, both former workers of the CORD leader, a weekly column to launch personal attacks on the former prime minister.
The subtle NSI propaganda has reached ridiculous levels and is extremely annoying. National media are in business on the basis of licences granted to them by government on behalf of the people. They have duty to inform, report and disseminate news fairly and without political or religious biases. But the Gicheru and the Star will have none of that and are instate engaging in this shameless, tawdry, distasteful, and despicable campaign against opposition politicians.
The Star, its editors and shareholders who are known to us must be fought in the open. The licences they hold belong to the public not to individual shareholders. The Star should not be allowed to gather anti-Raila articles which has for the last one year had a revolting monotony of not just launching ad-hominem attacks, but are also demeaning, mudslinging and slanderous on the person of Raila Odinga.
Does Raila Odinga deserve all the filthy drivel the Star is subjecting him to every day? If NO, then you have no business buying the Star. Actually you have a duty to make your displeasure known by sharing this article right-away. Down with mediocre Catherine Gacheru and down with ragtag tabloid known as The Star!