Kenya Correspondents Association (KCA) is holding a two-day media workshop in Trans Nzoia County.
The training targets on Enhancing Freedom of Expression and Safety of Journalists through Devolution in Kenya.
The program is supported by UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC).
The workshop, which is taking place in Kitale Town on May 18-19, 2021, is the fourth one since the project was launched in November 2020.
Kenya Correspondent Association National Chairman Oloo Janak says they have already held similar workshops in four regions.
They include Kisumu, Bungoma, and Mombasa. Additional workshops will be held in Nakuru, Nyeri, Meru and Kitui between May and July, bringing the counties covered under the project to eight.
“The project targets to train a total of 200 correspondents drawn from the 8 counties and also aims at sensitizing officials of the respective county governments,” he said.
Janak added that the county government officials will be sensitized on the importance of freedom of expression for citizens as enshrined in the country’s constitution and international instruments.
KCA is implementing the project in response to the increased cases of threats to the safety of journalists and freedom of expression in the counties.
“Media coverage of governance, service delivery and corruption in the counties have resulted in increased threats to the safety of journalists and to freedom of expression,” said Janak.
The project also includes a systematic monitoring and documentation of the trends and actual threats to the safety of journalists and violations of freedom of expression in the counties.
“The initiative aims at contributing to the collective efforts by the media industry to lobby and advocate for an improved environment for the safety of journalists and expanded space for freedom of expression by citizens and stakeholders in the counties,” said the KCA Chairman.