When: September 15, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Chief Guest: The President of the Court of Appeal, Justice William Ouko
Participants: Senior Judiciary officials, Kenya Editors Guild, USAID, FHI 360, Media Council of Kenya, Internews, and Journalists
Despite the demands of court reporting, training institutions do not offer courses on reporting from the courts. Most of the focus is on media law and media ethics. Concomitantly, most newsrooms in Kenya have in the past built teams around experienced court reporters. But as journalists move to other areas, get promoted or leave the newsroom, the institutional knowledge on court reporting is diminished. In certain instances, this has led to exposure to lawsuits and action against media houses and journalists with sometimes huge monetary damages and sanctions.
About the event:
The Kenya Editors Guild will on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, launch its Guidelines on Court Reporting. The guidelines were developed in partnership with USAID’s Safeguarding Democratic Space in Kenya (SADES- K) project, implemented by FHI 360 and Internews. The Guidelines on Court Reporting will enhance journalists’ technical knowledge and skills on court reporting and provide relevant reference material.