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Media Council urges bloggers to study

15 October 2013, 13:23

Nairobi - A senior Media Council of Kenya (MCK) official urged bloggers to undergo training in journalism in order to enhance professionalism in the industry.

Harun Mwangi, the MCK Chief Executive Officer, said it was currently a challenge to deal with complaints raised against some bloggers as defaming people unaware as they had not studied ethics governing the way media operated.

“It is a hard task for the office in case of a complaint from people claiming of being abused or defamed by a blogger online. This is because some do not have any notion regarding journalism codes of ethics.

Most of them have never set foot in a journalism class. These bloggers are tainting the professionalism in the media as they abuse social media platforms and further using them as a tool to enhance hatred and ethnic tensions,” said Mwangi while addressing journalists at the Valley Lodge in Naivasha.

His sentiments also followed a warning the International Criminal Court issued to Kenyan bloggers against revealing the identity of witnesses in the ongoing trial of Deputy President William Ruto, who is facing charges of crimes against humanity following the aftermath of the 2007/08 elections.

Some witnesses have withdrawn from the case reportedly because their identities had been revealed.

Mwangi highlighted the need for all the blogger to be accredited with the MCK. MCK is an independent national institution established by the Media Act of 2007 as the leading institution in the regulation of media and in the conduct and discipline of media professionals in the country.

– CAJ News


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