Govt spokesperson calls for objective reporting during elections

Col (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna

Government Spokesperson Col (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna says objective reporting by the media during elections is key as it enables consumption of and accuracy of information among political players and the electorate; hence mitigating potential conflicts.

Addressing media stakeholders in Kisumu City Monday, Oguna urged the media to remain responsible besides playing a patriotic role, emphasizing the need to guard the peace the country is currently enjoying.

“This country belongs to all of us, including the media and we should guard the peace we enjoy at all times”. He said

Speaking at the event, Media Council of Kenya (MCK) Chairman Maina Muiruri called for collaborative efforts by all stakeholders to guarantee a conducive working environment for journalists through the elections cycle.

Muiruri said MCK has developed a comprehensive strategy on election preparedness, including training of journalists, provision of grants, setting up of media centers and eventually review of the election reporting guidelines to enhance reportage on electoral processes among many others.

On his part, Media Council of Kenya CEO David Omwoyo called for empowerment and training of journalists to ensure they cover the elections process professionally.

He reiterated calls for responsibility by political actors when dealing with the media during elections noting that MCK will advocate for sanctions against politicians who attack the media.

The Media Council of Kenya (MCK) in collaboration with various stakeholders is set to unveil a revised election reporting guidelines ahead of the 2022 general elections.

The media watchdog and other media players convened at a Kisumu hotel on Monday to deliberate on preparedness for the 2022 polls and approve the updated guidelines before being published and launched to be implemented by all journalists and media houses in the country.

The two days conference in the lakeside city will culminate into the adoption of the Election Reporting Guidelines and commitment by stakeholders.

Also present were representatives from political parties and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

  

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