Kenya: New Journalism Guidelines Set to Crackdown on Impostors

Kenya: New Journalism Guidelines Set to Crackdown on Impostors

Media practitioners have fourteen days to submit their views on proposed accreditation guidelines.

Media Council of Kenya (MCK) wants journalists, media owners and other stakeholders to submit in writing their opinions regarding the amendments it says are aimed at curtailing rampant impersonation and corruption.

MCK chief executive, Mr David Omwoyo told stakeholders during a sensitisation meeting at the Stanley Hotel, Nairobi Thursday that the current accreditation system was open to manipulation by some quacks who masquerade as active journalists.

“We have received enormous complaints from both the public and some major media houses on the conduct of some people we have accredited to practice journalism. As a result, we have decided to tighten the loopholes,” said Mr Omwoyo.

EXTORTION

In the proposed regulations, a journalist shall be accredited only through editors (in case of those employed by media houses), and the accreditation card shall be surrendered to those editors when terminated from work.

MCK found out that people who left certain media houses long time ago, were operating as employees of the same, while brandishing their cards to access press conferences where they end up extorting money.

“Extortion has become the order of the day in this profession. It is done by some people who use our accreditation cards. Therefore, even as you give your feedback, bear in mind that we intend to give accreditation only to deserving cases,” he said.