Governors’ statement a threat to media freedom, Media Council

first_imgMCK said that while it respected the CoG’s right to express its views and opinions on the media, any complaint against any journalist or media enterprise is to be channelled to the Media Complaints Commission operating under the auspices of the Media Council of Kenya for determination and appropriate action.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 “The basis of this regulation is the Code of Conduct for the Practice of Journalism in Kenya whose provisions are very clear,” the statement noted.MCK in addition stated that both County Governments and the media sector or Fourth Estate have an important role to play in serving and informing the public, respectively, without fear or favour.Also Read  Govt moves to resolve land allocation dispute in East MauGiven the great public interest in the delivery of services at the county-level, MCK said that county governments will by their very position and nature attract media attention, especially on allegations of corruption and impropriety.“The media have every right to question, hold Governors to account and even to hold divergent views than those propagated by their communications machinery,” MCK further stated.The statement by MCK comes after the COG on Wednesday said it had resolved to “immediately cease engaging with NMG merchandise” after the media house published a story it found unfavourable.Also Read  Teachers to report back to school on MondayThe story headlined ‘Eight governors on graft hit list’ highlighted how the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission was probing abuse of office and corruption allegations against various Governors.In the story, the publication reported that the anti-graft agency had narrowed down to eight counties in its investigation into corruption.CoG Chair Wycliffe Oparanya termed the piece a “smear campaign” that portrayed them as corrupt, inept and unable to run their counties. A decision by the Council of Governors (CoG) to stop advertising with the Nation Media Group has drawn sharp criticism from the media regulator.The Media Council of Kenya (MCK) condemned the CoG following a statement saying it will block adverts to the media house after it published a story on the alleged involvement of Governors in corruption.“The Council of Governors’ pronouncement that “…no County Government will advertise…” is meant to intimidate and bully East Africa’s largest media house into submission, and by extension ensure alignment with their agenda by other media houses,” MCK’s statement read in part.Also Read  152 more test positive as Kenya’s COVID-19 cases hit 36,981last_img

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