Over 400 journalists have for the last three months been laid off.
According to the Media Council of Kenya-MCK the worrying trend has subjected journalists to psychologically suffering.
MCK Deputy CEO Victor Bwire said employers are using journalists as sacrificial lamb over the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to Bwire journalists are under siege with over 1,000 journalists not having earned salaries for the last six months.
According to Mr. Bwire the situation worsen with over 3,000 having received a pay cut of between 20 to 70 percent.
The MCK Programs manager said media owners have in the past laid off staffs but not at the rate currently witnessed.
“Media houses should not use the Coronavirus pandemic as a reason to implement layoffs, various sectors have been affected and not only the media industry,” he said.
Bwire revealed that journalists are going through hardships and various interventions must be urgently implemented to cushion them
He said most media houses are downsizing some even overburdening journalists.
“Some of these journalists have been given more roles out of their scope some forced to do marketing” noted Mr. Bwire.
Bwire’s remarks come barely a week after Mediamax Network Limited laid off over 100 staffs.
The laid off workers were replaced by Switch TV and TV 47 crew.