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Journalists urge aggrieved parties to seek redress lawfully

Journalists based in Kisii have called upon those aggrieved by their reportage to seek redress lawfully.

Speaking after holding a peaceful procession to mark International Press Freedom day in Kisii town Friday, about 50 journalists decried harassment by parties allegedly aggrieved by media reports saying there were procedures of laying claims against such information, including reporting to the Media Council of Kenya.

Their chair Joshua Araka of KBC noted that the county was not spared from cases of journalists being killed adding that this was uncalled for as a journalist is just a messenger of the people.

Matara said journalist were trained on how to report on issues adding that there were various channels to air complaints against any media or scribe that contravened the law.

Addressing the scribes after the procession, Kisii County CEC Administration and Stakeholder Management Dr. Walter Okibo called upon the journalists to be united and work together for the common good.

Noting that working in isolation made one vulnerable to attacks by malicious people, Dr. Okibo said it was unwise to handle sensitive news in isolation and called for teamwork. “To walk fast walk alone but to go far go in a group,” he advised.

Dr. Okibo urged the scribes to report responsibly by giving right information saying that people believe what the media says as gospel truth and could be misled by incorrect information.

By Jane Naitore

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