The media monitoring body Media Council of Kenya has issued a notice to ‘fake’ journalists at The Coast.
The council says the Coast region has been marred by ‘fake’ journalists who apart from lacking relevant qualifications to operate as media personnel, they do not have proper media council accreditation.
According to the Council’s Chief Executive Officer David Omwoyo these journalists extort money from news sources before they air or publish their articles which according to Omwoyo it is wrong.
Mr. Omwoyo said that the council will launch the operation soon and will target the Coast region and other parts of the country where the council has received complaints.
“We have received 19 cases from Kilifi county, we want to conduct investigations and clear out the mess where people who purport to be journalists extort money from news sources,” added the MCK CEO.
He said some of these ‘journalist’ threaten news sources so that they can cough certain amounts of money.
“Journalism is a highly esteemed profession, we should deter from propagating or disseminating ‘fake news’ but help the community prosper,” he noted.
Mr. Omwoyo said that the council could not reveal more details about the crackdown, but he defended it saying it aims at streamlining the profession urging journalists to adhere to the code of ethics.
The watchdog has singled out Kisumu, Homa Bay, Nairobi, Mombasa, Garissa and Turkana as the most affected Counties and that the operation will weed out quacks.