By Civic Space Africa
The Kenya Media Sector Working Group met to discuss emerging challenges facing the media industry in Kenya and the reporting of the forthcoming referendum among other key issues affecting journalists.
They called on the Government to consider journalists as a priority group to receive Covid-19 vaccine. The group also wants legislative and policy reforms put in place to ensure that big-tech companies pay for the content journalists generate. The meeting, which was held in Maanzo Lodge on 7th March 2021, wants the government and media owners to ensure that journalists and the entire media industry is cushioned against the effects of Covid-19.
In a statement signed on behalf of the 17 organizations of reporters, correspondents and editors by the President of Kenya’s Editor’s Guild, Mr. Churchill Otieno, the group of journalists promised to enhance professionalism in the industry. They will work for gender parity in access to opportunities and the freedom of the press.
The meeting was convened by the Kenya Editors’ Guild and the Kenya Union of Journalists with the support of partners including FHI, Internews and Media Council of Kenya.