These media sources are slightly to moderately conservative in bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Right-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate The Standard Right-Center Biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the right. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to poor sourcing techniques and reporting that omits criticism of the ruling party.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: Kenya 103/180
Established in 1902, The Standard is a Kenyan daily newspaper headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, and published by The Standard Media Group. The Standard covers breaking news, politics, business, sports, entertainment, and lifestyle. It was founded by Indian Merchant Alibhai Mulla Jeevanjee. The current owner is the family of late President Daniel arap Moi and Kulei. The Standard Group CEO is Orlando Lyomu and the Editor-in-Chief is Ochieng’ Rapuro.
Funded by / Ownership
The newspaper is owned by Standard Media Group Holdings Limited, which owns 100% of SNG Holdings Limited and is incorporated in the British Virgin Islands. SNG Holdings Limited is owned by Gideon Moi who is the chairman of the right-wing Kenya African National Union (KANU). Standard Group also owns The Nairobian newspaper, TV station KTN, and several other media outlets. Revenue is derived through advertising and subscription fees.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the headlines sometimes contain moderate emotional loaded language when it pertains to politics, such as this “Uhuru can be sued for his actions or inactions, court declares”. However, most local news reports do not use emotional language such as this Court stops Guaranty Bank from auctioning restauranteur Osewe’s hotel. World news is republished from Reuters. When it comes to the sourcing of information they typically link to themselves or not at all.
Editorially, The Standard reports favorably and with minimal criticism on the right-wing Kanu leader and the owner of Standard Media, Gideon Moi, “Ruto to back Gideon Moi for presidency in 2022” and “Gideon Moi leads BBI drive in Samburu”. Further, they rarely offer criticism of Right-Wing President Uhuru Kenyatta SOTN Address: What President Uhuru Kenyatta told Kenya. Finally, when reporting on the opposition they present with a more negative tone such as this NASA principals sideline Raila in strategy to win by-elections. A review of op-eds demonstrates a reasonable balance of opinions, but there is rarely criticism of the ruling right-wing Jubilee Party. In general, they report the news factually, but with poor sourcing and a right-leaning editorial bias that favors the government.
Failed Fact Checks
- None according to IFCN fact-checker, Africa Check.
Overall, we rate The Standard Right-Center Biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the right. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to poor sourcing techniques and reporting that omits criticism of the ruling party. (M. Huitsing 12/24/2020)