Government issues stern warning to media houses inciting public
15 August 2016, 15:00
Nairobi - The government has warned that it will take firm action against media houses that publish information inciting the public to violence.
Information, Communication and Technology Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru said action will be taken against those publishing information that erode moral values and also incite the public to violence.
“Although the press has a role to play in the society, journalists and media owners must safeguard against abuse of the spectrum space to threaten our national security, undermine societal moral values and violate freedom of others,” he said.
He said as the country approaches the elections, media should rally Kenyans to preach peace and mutual co-existence adding that it is the responsibility of all Kenyans to maintain a cohesive society and nationhood.
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“To this end, I urge the media owners to employ professionals with knowledge of the media laws and ethics to minimize situations where some individuals abuse the power of the pen to advance personal agenda,” said the CS.
He noted that responsible reporting will enable the citizens to trust each other and curb cases of lawlessness in the country.
“The media should also hold to account the political leadership. Their statements and character must be scrutinized to ensure that those seeking for elective positions are the right choice for the electorate,” Mucheru added.
He however assured that the government will continue to provide a conducive business environment for media investment and freedom of press.
Mucheru was speaking at White Rhino Hotel in Nyeri town during the launch of vernacular radio station, Gukena 92.8FM, which is owned by Radio Africa Group.
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