Kenya Community Media Network (KCOMNET) is a non-profit organization and the national networking association for community media sector in Kenya. Community media engaged by KCOMNET include:
Community resource centres
Community media forms
in total audience
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is KCOMNET?
What does KCOMNET do?
The Network provides a platform for networking between community media, with other media stakeholders, and the general public. It also mobilizes resources for the development of community media in Kenya.
Initially, KCOMNET saw as its core mandate the need to push for a regulatory framework that would suit the needs of community media. The network led in drafting a community broadcasting bill for presentation before a Presidential Task Force on Media Law that then was appointed to collect views on the possibility of drafting a new media law.
Our work 1996 - 2002
- Training and capacity building and
- Lobbying for an overall regulatory framework for broadcasting with special emphasis to community broadcasting.
KCOMNET’s work has over the years focused on advocacy to promote an enabling environment for community media. KCOMNET started by demanding constitutional and legal amendments, repeals and additions, which guarantee the freedoms of expression, information and communication. KCOMNET in particular examined the Kenya Broadcasting context and toward this end developed a position paper that was presented to the Kenyan Task Force on the Media Law and the Attorney General. Thereafter, the Network came up with a Bill on Community Broadcasting which was presented to the Task Force on Media Law. KCOMNET also generated position papers on the meaning of community media to remove the misconceptions that existed in the minds of most that equated community media to vernacular or tribal radio.
Our work 2003 - 2008
Our work 2008 - to date
How is KCOMNET governed?
The network is governed by a Steering Council comprised of 12 members (7 males and 5 females). Its secretariat based in Nairobi.
KCOMNET is affiliated to Amarc and East Africa Community Media Network.