The Media Council of Kenya (MCK) now wants the government to declare media houses that don’t pay their staff ‘hostile’
This means that such media houses if declared ‘hostile’ their broadcasting licenses will be revoked and they will be automatically shut down.
MCK Deputy CEO Victor Bwire noted with concerns that some media houses are not paying their workers thus lowering their ethical capability while executing their daily mandates.
Mr. Bwire also pointed out that some of the media houses keep their workers on volunteerism basis for years.
The same applies to those on post attachments who work for free in the name of gaining experience that turns to be being ‘overworked’ without any dues.
“I think its time such media houses are declared ‘hostile’ and their licenses immediately revoked,” he noted.
Recently, revenue in some media houses has drastically gone down down living graduates working without a single penny.
[A journalist at work].
This may have been yielded by the influx of media house in the country.
In recent data, Kenya had more than 170 radio station, 84 Television stations and over 100 publications.
However, the situation seems to be abruptly drawing the attention of the Media Council of Kenya, a government body that regulates the operations of the media sector in the country.
It also regulates the conduct of journalists across the country.
However, some journalists are urging the council to do a thorough inspection of all media entities in the country for the plan to succeed.
They admitted that the situation is worse than what the council would imagine.
“Let the Council draw out a plan even before issuing press cards this year, meet individual journalists in every media house, interrogate them on their experiences, role and salaries, that will enhance the badly needed changes,” noted some of the Mombasa based Journalists one of the most affected region.