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Environmental journalism in East Africa

Opportunities and challenges in the 21st century
WithMargaret Jjuuko

Environmental journalism in the six nations of East Africa is very different from the high-tech environmental coverage of southern Africa. “In general, in East Africa, media coverage of environmental issues has been extremely shallow and poor, and the public has been ill served,” notes the author of this chapter. “However, there are some environmental reporters who, against all odds, have made an impact with significant results.” Environmental journalism in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, and South Sudan is all about “the livelihood and food security of the people, especially the poor,” the author notes. “As a former environmental TV journalist, I witnessed first-hand how the environment steadily declined and how people directly experience environmental problems and challenges that beset their daily lives as they struggle to earn their living.”