Government promises to enhance relations with the media

Written By: Nancy Okware

Adverse publicity scares away investors. There is a direct link between a free media and development. Media penetrates and gives a voice to the vulnerable in the society ~ ICT CS

The government is promising to enhance its working relations with the media which is a critical component in the country’s development agenda.

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Speaking during the first editors’ convention on Saturday, Information Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru said his ministry is working round the clock to ensure that all dues owed to the media by the government through the Government Adverting Agency are cleared.

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” Complaints have been raised against mainstream media and editors have a duty to address labour issues by ensuring proper remuneration of journalists to ensure they are not held captive by political operatives.”

Addressing editors during the convention, Mucheru hailed the industry for its work in enabling an informed nation but called for the adherence to the rule of law.

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Speaking at the same forum, US ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec hailed the media for their effort in promoting ethical journalism saying the embassy was ready to support the guild in its endeavors.

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Godec said a free media is necessary for democracy to thrive announcing a 20 million shilling grant to the guild to promote freedom of journalists through training.

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