The Media Council of Kenya has urged journalists across the country to take all precautionary measures to protect themselves from Coronavirus pandemic.
The Media Council of Kenya Deputy CEO Victor Bwire said journalists have always been in the middle of everything and everyone while sourcing for news stories.
However, he said though the public highly depends on journalists for decisive information daily, journalists are not extraordinary creatures.
In a statement to newsrooms on Saturday, Mr. Bwire tasked journalists across the country to observe all precautionary measures and health safety so as to avert the globally health crisis.
“Despite being the strongest and most believed mouthpiece of the society, we are part of the society too and we should be very cautious,” reiterated Mr. Bwire.
He said the current situation in the country calls for all Kenyans to take responsibility in preventing Coronavirus and more so embrace self quarantine.
“If you can work from home kindly file those stories without necessarily stepping in the newsrooms, this is for your own safety,” he added.
According to the MCK emergency response team Chairperson, journalists who have been hosting various guests in their live talk platforms should minimise those guest and try conducting live telephone interviews in a bid to minimise the threats of contracting the disease.
[Royal Media Service owned Musyi FM Coast based News reporter Mark Mutuku, with colleagues KTN News camera person Moses Baya (Far left) and K24 Cameraman Frederick Kai at the Coast general referral hospital. Photo/Ahmed Omar].
He also appealed to journalists to observe personal hygiene, and he also urged media house owners and managers to practice proper hygiene in their companies.
The MCK earlier suspended press briefings across the country so as to minimise public gatherings among journalists and the news makers.
The call comes amid Coronavirus fears in the country.
The outbreak led to the government to suspend all learning activities in the country a move that has negatively impacted the learning calendar countrywide.