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Julie Gichuru remains to be one of the most adored and celebrated media personality in Kenya. She has grown in great leaps and despite being engulfed by family affair controversies, she has managed to scale her career to great heights.

The gorgeous lass and doting mother however has a problem with Sunday Nation’s Lifestyle magazine for falsifying and change of previous information she gave while in an interview.

The writer in his article said that Julie dropped out of Law school to study journalism, information that Citizen Live at 9 anchor rubbishes claiming she studied law and not journalism.

Julie opted for social media to air her sentiments through an open letter that read:

An open letter on Media Accuracy: 
Ref: Sunday Nation Lifestyle Magazine, July 20th, pg 5

I appreciate that the Sunday Nation Lifestyle Magazine decided to do a piece on me however I am concerned at the distortion of the first question in the article. Thankfully, due to my experience with print media, I always opt to conduct interviews on email to avoid any inaccuracies. My caution was certainly in order as illustrated by this incident.

Truth be told, it would have been a lovely piece if the writer had avoided the temptation to omit critical facts and to distort and falsify the first question, coming up with the narrative that I quit law school to study journalism. Two small problems: I did not quit law school and I did not study journalism. 

I highlight this because it is a frightening example of what can go wrong so easily with media. The answers were all there. But somehow it wasn’t exciting enough and the narrative was changed.

I am lucky that I have a voice that is amplified due to my presence in the media, but what happens to so many who don’t?

Frightening stuff. 

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Sunday Nation Lifestyle Interview with Julie Gichuru titled “I quit law school to become a journalist” (which happen to be words that I never uttered)

The actual question & answer:
Qtn 25. From the records, at a tender age of 10, you wanted to be a criminal lawyer, what happened?
I studied law and found that in principle I disagreed with most of the laws on Evidence. I felt they were skewed and inequitable. I had a greater love and passion for commercial law. It was unexpected but I adapted.

The amended & published question & answer that appeared as question 1 and the focus of the interview:
Q: Did you always want to be a journalist?
I studied law and found that in principle I disagreed with most of the laws on evidence. I felt they were skewed and inequitable. So I dropped out to pursue a degree in journalism.

In an earlier question The issue of educational background had already been addressed:

Qtn 11. What do you consider as the biggest career decision you ever have made?
I have made several big career decisions and each of them proved to be a huge factor in my growth both in career and also on knowledge.
The first was to move from my initial career path… I studied Law and then did an MBA with a focus on World Trade Law and International Business, but I ended up in media.

Dear Nation Media Group,

What remedy do we have in situations like this?