BY LUCY OCHOLA,
MCK head of programs Mr. Victor Bwire says that they have realized that issues of mistrust has grown between the two departments which he says has led to increased tension between the police and journalists.
Bwire who doubles up as the deputy CEO of the media regulatory body says that Journalists must be given a chance to perform their duties hence the need of improving the working environment between the police and the journalists, saying the MCK has recorded an escalating rate of harassment of journalists by the police.
He says that the media and the police must learn to accommodate each other in line of duty so that everyone gets a space to conduct their professional duties with peace and understanding.
The officer points out that the understandings and conducive working relations between the journalists and police which is currently at its lowest can only be improved through dialogues and that is what the council intends to initiate.
Bwire was speaking at a hotel in Siaya town after a breakfast meeting with Siaya Based Journalists, where he also called on the ministry of interior to consider having information desks in all police stations where Journalists can easily access information.
He says that just like in other organizations that have communications officers the police too should have officers who can easily brief the media, and not necessarily having to wait for the OCS or OCPDs who may not be around incase of an incident.
Bwire on the other hand called on journalist to work hand in hand with the media council of Kenya in weeding out quarks who are posing as journalists, since this is one way of reviving public trust in the media.
The deputy CEO was accompanied by the council’s manager press freedom and access to information Dinnah Ondari and manager Regulatory Affairs Terrence Minishi who held a meeting with Journalist from the county following a recent incident where two Siaya based Journalists were assaulted and arrested while on duty by Bondo OCS Abdikadir Yusuf.