BY ELAINE KOWKOW FOR EDAILY
NTV journalist Larry Madowo on Monday terminated his contract of writing for the Daily Nation newspaper.
Before his exit, Madowo who also hosts the popular political show Sidebar, had been a contributor to the paper for close to four years, penning the (in)famous Front Row column.
“On Thursday, I terminated my contract to write the #FrontRow column in the @dailynation. It was an honour & I’m grateful to the paper for the page since August 2014,” reads a post on the TV personality’s Twitter account.
— Larry Madowo (@LarryMadowo) February 12, 2018
His exit comes in the wake of the paper declining to publish a story he had submitted titled, ‘Why it is perilous to be a journalist in Kenya.”
In the article, which was later published by CNN, Madowo writes about the recent cases of attacks on media houses in Kenya in which the country’s three main television stations – Citizen TV, NTV and KTN News – were shut down two weeks ago for covering the opposition ‘swearing-in’ ceremony.
Madowo, and fellow Nation Media Group reporter Ken Mijungu and General Manager Linus Kaikai had previously been forced to spend a night at Nation Centre fearing arrest amid a government crackdown after the controversial swearing in of Raila Odinga as the ‘People’s President’.
High Court Justice Luka Kimaru, however later extended orders barring the National Police Service from arresting or harassing the three.
Below are samples of reactions from Kenyans on Madowo’s move:
My friend,its time now to join other international journalists.
— ON🇰🇪 🇿🇦 (@O_NyangaiM) February 12, 2018
Once a writer becomes "THE STORY" then it's time to go. The only writers who made thousands of Kenyans buy Nation newspaper were Whispers and Mutahi Ngunyi. All the others regurgitate what we read on social media.
— Baba Tosha (@BabaTosha) February 12, 2018
Too much ego and pride along with a constant craving for fame via social media. We don’t care if you write or don't write for @dailynation Many terminate far lucrative contracts and keep it to themselves. Nyenyekea babaaa
— Mckenzie (@MYKGITHUKA) February 12, 2018
— Rozzykaris (@rozzykaris) February 13, 2018
You terminating a contact is a non issue and absolute nonsense to Post in tweet, your last column on CNN was based on emotions and not that of a facts thinking columnist
— Simon (@kahohisimon) February 12, 2018
Why are people so mad at @LarryMadowo for writing his 2 cents….my friend let me clear up the confusion…. as long as you are on his timeline YOU ARE A FAN…..
— P. R. O. V. O. K. A. T. E. U. R🔥👑 (@RICHIE_RICH_PRO) February 12, 2018