Githeri media is a phrase used in Kenya to mean news that is probably fake or not authentic. On another perspective, the name is used to point to media outlets that are not professional in their reporting. But the word is also used in memes just for entertainment. Thought it is not that serious.
Origin of ‘Githeri Media’
The name Githeri is a Kenyan simple meal that comprises of maize and beans mixed together. Sometimes they are mixed proportionally or unproportionable. So you may find that maize is more than beans making the meal difficult to eat. So this makes some people to have a negative attitude about the meal. While others may hate it due to high school memories.
So when we look Githeri in this concept, Githeri media can mean half-baked news or news that doesn’t reflect on the professional code of journalism.
Githeri media originated from Twitter and the hashtag #GitheriMedia is currently trending in Kenya.
Githeri Media Articles
Read an article by NTV about Githeri media
Githeri Media Tweets
Check out a tweet by Larry Madowo “I don’t like this Githeri Media slur because it’s wholesale condemnation. It devalues the work of many fine journalists in the Kenyan press. Criticize the terrible ones by name”
Githeri man is a man who became popular after he was spotted eating githeri in 2017 elections. He became an internet sensation and very famous. Recently, Githeri man was interviewed by Citizen TV. Check out the interview below.