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Media Council of Kenya Plans to Weed Out Fake Journalists

The Media Council of Kenya (MCK) has called a meeting with several stakeholders dated Friday, to generate guidelines to curb the rise of fake journalists.


According to MCK, the findings will give a chance to discuss the issue of instances of con artists pretending to be journalists and also propose workable solutions and measures to enhance professionalism.

Media Council of Kenya CEO-David Omwoyo.
PHOTO/COURTESY: MCK CEO-David Omwoyo during the past media brefing in Nairobi-Kenya.

“It has come to our attention that there is an escalation of profiteers pretending to be journalists and Media Practitioners who get access to events to extort and harass people,” Omwoyo stated.

In a statement on Thursday, January 25, the MCK CEO said that the forum will discuss the increased cases of profiteers who use fake credentials to extort and harass individuals.

Media Council of Kenya CEO-David Omwoyo.
PHOTO/COURTESY: MCK CEO-David Omwoyo during a past media brefing.

“The council is committed to fostering a conducive working environment for journalists and Media Practitioners through advanced standards and constantly engaging relevant stakeholders to address core issues,” MCK CEO added.

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Further, David Omwoyo reaffirmed the council’s commitment to preserving the reputation and legitimacy of the media, stating that they will make sure that only accredited journalists are permitted to work in the country.

Notably, according to MCK, the following category of people are eligible for accreditation: Journalists working in media enterprises, freelance journalists, foreign journalists, students pursuing media, journalism and communication studies public relations practitioners, Advertising Companies and Media Trainers.

All journalists seeking accreditation by the MCK, are required to provide a letter from the employer, an original degree or diploma certificate in communication from a recognised institution.

Media Council of Kenya CEO David Omwoyo.
PHOTO/COURTESY: MCK CEO David Omwoyo left speaking to journalists in Nairobi.

Accreditation helps journalists to access information by allowing participation in conferences, workshops, trainings and other gatherings.

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