Report responsibly, PS Itemere tells Journalists
Broadcasting and Telecommunications Principal Secretary Sammy Itemere Monday called upon members of the fourth estate to practice responsible Journalism during this electioneering period.
Mr. Itemere said reckless and insensitive media coverage during this electioneering period can destroy the country’s fragile peace and harmony.
“Responsible journalism requires that freedom of the press and freedom of expression is enjoyed within the confines of the law,” said Itemere.
The PS made the remarks Monday in a speech read on his behalf by the Director of Administration in the Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology Mr. Henry Mung’asia during the launch of the Kenya Correspondents Association (KCA) Strategic Plan 2016-2020 at a Nairobi. Hotel.
Mr. Itemere also encouraged the media to create more opportunities for intense discussions and reporting of issues that are critical to Kenyans, saying that the role the media plays in educating, informing and shaping debate on key national issues are critical in enhancing effective public participation in governance.
“Stories and discussions touching on people’s lives can lead them to make more informed choices, as well as determine their development priorities,” he said.
He said the ministry appreciates the role KCA has undertaken in the last four years in training journalists on reporting devolution issues, as well as publishing a booklet ‘Journalists Guidebook on Enhancing Reporting on Devolved Governments in Kenya’.
Itemere said “This book has become a useful reference and training manual for media industry, we encourage you to sustain such efforts”.
The PS said the Ministry will fully support the Kenya Media Sector Working Group and will engage with the group on issues of coordination, information sharing, timely collective interventions and enhanced policy dialogue among stakeholders for the benefit of the country.
Present at the function was the KCA Chairman Mr. Oloo Janak.
By Bernadette Khaduli