Kisii journalists have vowed to work together and address cases of intimidation and harassment while on duty.
Speaking during the World Press Freedom day, they noted that its only by coming together that they will manage to address challenges which include harassment and attacks targeting individuals.
The United Nations General Assembly declared May 3 to be World Press Freedom Day to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression enshrined in the constitution.
“As we mark this day, we would like to join others globally in solidarity and inform our people that journalists are messengers,” their chairman Joshua Araka said.
“We have decided that we will continue working together so that we can address issues like harassment and outright intimidation targeting members of the fourth estate.”
Araka noted that media freedom is enshrined in the constitution and should be protected.
“The gap between the opposition and the government is getting thinner and we as journalists should take our position and fully deliver in the interest of the public,” he said.
On his part, veteran journalist Araka Matara of the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) called upon those who get aggrieved with media reports to use the right channels in seeking redress without attacking journalists.
“Journalist should not be harrased since they are workimg as per the law of Kenya,” said Matara.
Stephen Maranga of Education Newspaper asked the government and the public not to treat journalists as their enemies.
“We have a stake in the prosperity of the nation,” Maranga said.
Dr Walter Bichang’a Okibo who is the Administration CEC for Kisii County Government concurred that journalists play a pivotal role in informing, educating and entertaining Kenyans.
“The public trusts you and you need to try and give them the most accurate information,” Dr Okibo said.
CAPTION: Kisii based journalists demonstrate in the Kisii town streets to mark World Press Freedom Day. PHOTO/Brighton Makori.