Training on safety and security of journalists

Category: News
Created: Tuesday, 16 January 2018 Published: Monday, 15 January 2018

By Sylvia Muthoni

The Media Council of Kenya in partnership with Internews in Kenya held a safety and security of journalists training on 10th January, 2018 in Nairobi.  The training targeted journalists from mainstream, community and vernacular stations.

The forum aimed to expose journalists to knowledge on how best to safeguard journalism in the country. The roundtable discussion had seasoned journalists, representatives from United National Scientific Educational and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX), and the Media Council of Kenya (MCK).

  

                         Media Council CEO,David Omwoyo

Mr. David Omwoyo, the Council’s CEO pointed out the need to enhance editorial independence from owners and editors who impose personal, commercial or other interests onto a story.

He underlined the need for training journalists owing to the key role media plays in forming and influencing people's attitudes and behavior.

Mr.  Omwoyo further advised journalists to maintain a high level of professionalism by observing the Code of Conduct for the Practice of Journalism in Kenya.

Among other key issue discussed included: online security of journalists.

Samuel Musila of internews emphasized that journalists have the responsibility to encrypt emails or phone calls in order to protect their sources. “An independent journalist cannot be independent if they cannot communicate with sources and write without worrying that someone is looking over their shoulder, fears of surveillance triggers self-censorship and influences a journalist reporting,” said Mr. Musila.

Click here to download the Safety Protocol and Manual for Journalists

 

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