Kenyan Journalists urged to be professional during polls

A section of Mombasa journalists who attended the Kenya Editors Guild training./Patricia Wayua

Kenyan journalists have been urged to maintain professionalism during elections coverage.

Speaking during a training  for journalists in Mombasa, Kenya Editors Guild facilitators Ruth Nesoba and Martin Masai said journalists should understand the mightiness of a pen and a microphone in ensuring Kenya remains peaceful.

Nesoba reminded journalists to uphold fairness and avoid situations that can injure the reputation of media and jeopardize the country.

“Remember that some stations in Rwanda had a role in the genocide because they did not practice responsible journalism,” she said.

On his part, Masai urged Kenyan media to create elections desk in their respective stations to plan for the upcoming elections.

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Don’t assume, please prepare.Know which journalists will cover elections and if possible offer them in-house training on elections coverage about the do’s and don’ts,” he stated.

Over the weekend, a section of radio journalists attended a two day workshop on elections coverage in Mombasa courtesy of the Kenyan Editors Guild.