Journalists urged to ensure accuracy and objectivity in reporting

By Natalia Adero

The Kenya Editors’ Guild (KEG) joined the Meru Press Club in celebrating the World Press Freedom Day on May 3, 2022. KEG’s representative Francis Mureithi, who is also the Radio Africa Group Digital Editor, said that the Guild offers guidance and training to sharpen journalists’ skills and professionalism. He urged journalists to ensure accuracy and objectivity in their reporting. Mureithi also encouraged journalists to report cases of assault or intimidation, especially now that Kenya is preparing for a General Election on August 9. He said KEG stands firm when it comes to protection and welfare of journalists.

KEG representative Francis Mureithi presents copies of Court Reporting Guidelines booklet to Meru Press Club chairman David Muchui in Meru during the World Press Freedom Day on May 3, 2022. The book was prepared by KEG to improve the quality of court reporting in Kenya.

Meru Press Club plans to open a media centre and empower its members economically within its five-year strategic plan. Club chairman David Muchui said poor remuneration, sacking of journalists and the impact of Covid-19 brought about the idea of the club. He noted that some politicians capitalised on journalists’ vulnerabilities to popularise themselves in the electioneering period, and that some even hired goons to attack journalists they felt highlighted stories unfavourable to them.

Meru County Commissioner Fred Ndunga urged journalists to report factually while executing their mandate of holding those in authority to account.

From left: KEG member and Radio Africa Group Digital Editor Francis Mureithi, Meru Press Club chairman David Muchui, club’s vice-chair Dorcas Mbatia, Tharaka Nithi Press Club chairman Alex Njeru, MCK official Evans Kiogora and Meru County Commissioner Frederick Ndunga, unveil the club’s Strategic Plan on May 3, 2022.