Kenyan Journalists have been urged to embrace the Press Clubs in various counties towards addressing the challenges they face in their line of duty.
Speaking in Kisumu over the weekend during a forum organized by Kenyan Correspondents Association-KCA and DW Akademie, Mr.Oloo Janak from KCA reiterated the importance of press clubs in every county.
“There is need for journalists to be in the Press Clubs as this will help journalists in every county to identify their challenges and address them through other media organs such as Kenya Union of Journalists,KCA, Media Council and the likes” he said.
Similar sentiments echoed by Ms Sigrid Thomsen the Project Manager Kenya Project at Deutsche Welle Akademie who categorically stated that the Press Clubs should be owned and run by the Journalists themselves.
She said their role as Deutsche Welle Akademie is only to offer technical assistance to the clubs and see them grow.
“Our work is just to facilitate the clubs but the biggest responsibility is with you journalists in terms of forming the clubs in every county and running the same” she said.
The 2 day forum that brought together Press Clubs/Journalists Networks from Kisumu, Migori, Bungoma, Eldoret, Nakuru and Kakamega saw a lengthy discussion on how to improve professionalism, peer review, solidarity and safety and security in their regions.
The meeting came up with recommendations which included campaigns to stop violence, including sexual violence, local resource mobilization, mentorship, peer review, strengthening the networks through recruitment of more members and effective organizing, among others.
PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:Members of the Press Clubs/Journalists Networks from Kisumu, Migori, Bungoma, Eldoret, Nakuru and Kakamega during a two day forum in Kisumu concerning strengthening of Press clubs.