A renowned Coast based content creator Steven Mwalily has accused mainstream media of stealing his content.
Mwalily the of Mwalily Exclusive brand owner, a YouTube Channel says lately some media houses in the country have been grabbing his content and publishing or airing in the media houses mostly entertainment segments without necessarily crediting his work.
In a series of post on his official social media handles, Mwalily scolded the media houses for boasting of having exclusive content with an aim of attracting a vast audience at the expense of the freelance journalist’ sweat.
Mwalily who has been working day and night to make his YouTube channel Mwalily Exclusive outstanding says though he is not taking any legal actions against the media houses, it is only ethical for them to credit source of the information.
“We are all players in the industry but as a producer if you love my content and you want to use it can’t you just call me and politely ask for it?” note Mr Mwalily.
He said to facilitate a win-win situation the media houses using his content should credit and acknowledge him as the originator of the idea and content as well.
“As journalists who clearly understand the Code of conduct and ethics while practicing journalism, it is ethically wrong to pick someone’s content and pretend that you are the originator,” he added.
Mr Mwalily of Mwalily Exclusive YouTube channel was referring to his story where he conducted an exclusive interview with Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja in Mombasa and posed a question to the governor about a proposal to name one of the roads in South C areas in Nairobi after an artist the late Issa Mmarri famously known as E-Sir.
E-sir, died in 2003 aged 22, a hip-hop artist who captured the imagination of many young Kenyan music lovers.
He died on his way back from a concert in Nakuru town, where he had gone to promote some of his songs among them Hamnitishi, Katika and Maisha where he featured Nameless.
Nameless had earlier proposed that in remembering the young promising musician, Sakaja who danced to E-sir Music those years should show human gesture, and Mwalily raised the issue when he met the Governor in Mombasa barely a week ago.
[A Photo of Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja with the late musician E-Sir. Photo/Courtesy/Sept’ 20, 2022].
The freelance journalist who started sharpening his career at a local Coast based radio station baraka FM left the station five years ago to work as an independent journalist creating online content in both writing articles and producing audio visual content on his Mwalily Exclusive YouTube channel.