Authority Sensitizes Broadcasters on Responsible Reporting Ahead of Elections
L-R; Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission CEO Mr. Ezra Chiloba, CA Director General Mr. Francis Wangusi, Media Council of Kenya CEO Dr. Harun Mwangi and CAs Director of Multimedia Services Eng. Leo Boruett during the forum
The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) in collaboration with other agencies today met broadcasters to discuss responsible reporting ahead of the forthcoming General Elections.
The meeting broadly focussed on the need for broadcasters to watch out on hate speech during the coverage of the electioneering period and adherence to the Programming Code and Complaints Handling Procedure that has been put in place by the Authority which prescribes standards for broadcasting.
The two regulations demand that broadcasters provide fair coverage to all political players and publicize their established complaints handling mechanisms so that any aggrieved audiences can register their concerns on any content aired.
‘‘Section 25 of the Regulations and the Programme Code, calls on broadcasters to among other conditions; serve the public interest at all times and provide equitable coverage opportunities to registered political parties participating in an election and in particular to presidential candidates,’’ said CA Director General Mr. Francis Wangusi.
Mr. Wangusi said that while the Authority recognizes constitutional provisions for right to freedom of expression, broadcasters are expected to provide credible news and foster peace during the electioneering period.
“We will be counting on you to provide the public with balanced information, while exercising caution, so as not to provide a platform for individuals to propagate ideas that could cause tension or incite the public to violence” added Mr. Wangusi.
The meeting was also attended by the Media Council of Kenya (MCK) CEO Dr. Harun Mwangi, his National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) counterpart Mr. Hassan Mohamed, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) CEO Mr. Ezra Chiloba and the Director of Criminal Investigations,Mr. Ndegwa Muhoro.