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Maintain professionalism, media urged

The  Media  Council of Kenya (MCK) has called on media houses to help crack down on imposters in the journalism profession  in  a bid to restore the image of the media in the country.

The  MCK  CEO, David  Omwoyo  said that he was committed to protecting the rights of genuine journalists who may face attack  over their truthful reporting.

He however warned journalists against making unwarranted reports over incidences that are not work related.

He  called upon journalists to conduct themselves with respect and decorum to avoid finding themselves on the wrong  side  of  the law.

He  told media owners that they had a critical role to play in identifying the genuine journalists in a bid to weed out
imposters.

Omwoyo   was  speaking in Nakuru during a civil society and journalists workshop organized by the Kenya Editor’s Guild.

David  Ohito of the Editor’s Guild challenged National dailies to give more attention to devolution by reporting positive stories that are turning around livelihoods.

He  admitted that national newspapers were particularly caught up in a dicey situation in serving their commercial interests  and the interests of their readers.

Ohito  stressed  the  need  for media  owners  to  change their strategies in order to accommodate devolution  in  their  publications.

He  is  currently the Chief of  Staff at the Mandera County Government, commended upcoming community radio and TV stations, saying they were bridging the gap and therefore enabling communities get news about local events and milestones  made by their counties since the advent of devolution.

Ohito  stressed on the need to strengthen local media stations operating in counties in order to boost devolution and good  governance.

Masese  Kemunche  from Nakuru-based Centre for Enhancing Democracy and Good Governance-CEDGG while appreciating the role played by Media called for collaboration with other stakeholders.

He  said that the media had a critical role to play in enhancing human and civic rights through unbiased reporting of  issues.

The  forum  brought  to  the  fore the love hate relationship between media and civil society who accused the media of  downplaying issues affecting the common man. They accused the media of ignoring stories that have great impact in the  grassroots while giving undue prominence to political stories.

“Gone are the days when we used to have real news that you could rush at home to listen or watch. The media is now focusing so much on political leaders and ignoring the citizens” said Denis Okomol- a member of Nakuru Analysts  group in Nakuru.

The  forum was also attended by the Deputy governor, Dr Eric Korir  who praised the good working relations between the Nakuru County government and the local journalists.

By  Jane  Ngugi

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