During these times when the country is hit by the Coronavirus and almost heading to a total shut down, the public highly depends on journalists for information.
However, little did they know that journalists too are human beings and needs total protection against the deadly virus just like the public.
Though some of the news makers among them Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho have reminded journalist of their safety and actually provided them with protective gears when covering their functions.
In his recent media briefing at the Coast General referral hospital on the County preparedness in case the COVID-19 strikes, Joho had to ensure all journalist are provided with protective gears before getting into the largest Coast health facility.
However, some leaders and locals are yet to recognise journalists as normal human beings but extra ordinary creatures.
Governor Joho has personally taken responsibility of ensuring high hygiene observance from reminding the media practitioners of their safety even before they impart the relevant much needed health information to the larger public about Coronavirus.
From such a politician, it is notable.
The government media regulatory body Media Council of Kenya (MCK) has come to the rescue of members of the fourth estate.
[Front; Royal Media Service owned Musyi FM Coast based senior News reporter Mark Mutuku, KTN News Camera person Moses Baya and K24 camera person Fredrick Kai (back left) in action at the Coast General Referral hospital. Photo/Ahmed Omar].
It has ordered media owners to foreground health and safety of their employees by providing them with masks and always ensure there are sanitisers, soap and water for regular hands cleaning at their workplace.
MCK has further suspended its activities among them continuous journalist’s training on the required ethics in practicing until the Coronavirus threat in the country is contained.
However its Nairobi offices remain operational.
Public media regulatory body has further urged Media owners to closely adhere to health precautionary measures provided by the government.
It has also urged media house to work with the government in informing the public of all the COVID-19 dynamics.
[Royal Media Services owned Bahari FM Sports journalist Luqman Mahmoud taking precautionary measures right at work place. Photo/courtesy].
Some of the media houses countrywide have already suspended their engagement programs and no guest are invited into their live studios unless need be.
Citizen TV for example in its Monday report, a news live cast program aired at 9 pm it has put on hold the ‘Town hall’ program where it engaged the public on various pertinent issues.
However, the last ‘Monday report’ live news cast, the Presenter Trevor Ombija engaged two guests and audience were given a platform to call in live.
Some of the Coast based regional radio stations are not allowing guests in their studio but they have invented an online interactive sessions as well as live telephone interviews during their shows.