The Media Council of Kenya (MCK) has noted with great concern the arrest of persons posing as
journalists and allegedly extorting money from a public figure.
In a statement issued on Wednesday by CEO David Omwoyo,the Council noted with greater concern the arrest of purported Kenyan journalists in Tanzania.
At the same time MCK has affirmed that all bona fide journalists and media practitioners whether local or foreign and operating in Kenya, are accredited by the MCK Accreditation Service as required by the Media Council Act (2013) and the guidelines issued from time to time by the MCK.
Such Journalists and Media practitioners accordingm to MCK, are entered into a register by the MCK and issued with Press Card (PC) or a Special Media Pass (SMP) during COVID-19 and other unique situations.
The PC or SMP has a unique number that can be verified by sending a Toll-Free Text Message to 40314.
Omwoyo reiterating that members of the public can send the journalists Identity (ID) Number or Passport
Number to the same Toll-Free Text Message (40314) to verify if they are duly accredited by MCK.
He appealed to Journalists and media practitioners to voluntarily produce their PC or SMP or identify themselves when asked by a member of the public or security agencies.
MCK also calling on all Kenyan journalists and media practitioners to
abide by the various laws governing media practice across the world.
“While the MCK will liaise with its global counterparts to ensure their facilitation as necessary, we urge them to follow those laws as they may apply to practice in countries around the world to avoid the adverse effects related to non-compliance” said Omwoyo.