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Re-branded KUJ vows to stem divisions in media industry

16 July 2014, 12:05

Nairobi - The union representing media practitioners announced it was re-branding in a move it said would enhance the defence of press freedom in the country as well as end tensions within the industry.

The Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ) said it was repositioning itself as “the voice” of the local press.

KUJ Chairman, Oscar Obonyo assured members that the union had addressed its internal challenges and would not disappoint its members.

“If there is anyone out there who still doubts that KUJ has reclaimed its place in the media history of Kenya, who still wonders if the dream of our pioneer journalists is alive in our time, who still questions the power and credibility of our union, today is your answer,” he said.

The union’s Deputy Secretary General, Erick Oduor said the union had put in place a plan it would execute to address internal challenges that have afflicted the union over the past ten years.

He said the union would as well use its website to get views of its members and also conduct online discussions on issues affecting the industry.

“The re-branding paves the way for development of a strategic plan to guide the union’s activities over the next five years,” Oduor said.

Speaking during the unveiling of the re-branded KUJ, Standard Group Limited’s Managing Director of Print Operations, Francis Munywoki and Nation Media Group’s Acting Editorial Director, Tom Mshindi asked players in the media industry to pull in one direction and address professional challenges in the industry.

Munywoki, an official of the Media Owners Association (MOA), represented Sam Shollei, the Chairman of MOA at the event.

Central Organisation of Trade Unions Secretary General, Francis Atwoli who encouraged KUJ leaders and members of the Fourth Estate to stay focused in defending their rights, also addressed the meeting.

 – CAJ News

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