The Media Council of Kenya has urged the Tana River community, journalists, and security officials to share information as the August election nears.
“We had a town hall forum with the public to elucidate the work of journalists and the media, the way they do their work and how journalists should work with the public to ensure that the enrollment of information is appropriate and also to make sure the public conveys information to the media,” said Maureen Mudi, MCK Coast Regional Coordinator.
She added that journalists have a responsibility of reporting accurately to ensure Kenya does not return to elections that are controversial and violent.
“As MCK, we have been doing several training sessions for journalists because as we head towards the elections there are many issues that concern journalists during the election like their safety, professionalism, and how they will report,” she said.
Mudi further revealed that they are mapping out areas near tallying centres to set up media hubs where journalists can do their work without the hassle of running helter-skelter to offices or studios to file stories.
“We are also trying to set up verifications desks which mostly will be virtual. The desks will ensure that in this age of social media and the issues of misinformation and disinformation writers can prove that the information is accurate and up-to-date,’’ stated Mudi.
Ruth Kaseme, Tana River Sub-County Chair lady Maendeleo ya Wanawake Tana River Sub-County extolled MCK for the town hall forum saying they are now abreast of how journalists work.
On her part, Yasmin Hassan a youth leader said she had understood the nexus of media and community in promoting peace and cohesion. The media, Hassan said, allows them to participate in debates on radio stations.
“This time as we are heading to the polls, I urge the youth not to be misused by politicians to cause chaos,” she advised the youth.