The media Council of Kenya has demanded an apology from Kimilili Mp Didmus Barasa for referring to Citizen TV has Githeri Media (Gutter Press).
In a hard hitting statement on September 6, MCK Chief Executive Officer David Omwoyo stated that the Council won’t watch has politicians belittle the media.
“Our attention has been drawn to a social media post by Kimilili Mp Didmus Barasa dated September 5, 2021 referring to one media house as Githeri Media and calling on his supporters to move to another media house,” read the statement.
Omwoyo said that the contents of the post by the politician are an upfront to media freedom and a clear sign of intimidation by politicians to the media house and journalism at large.
“Whereas the politician has the right to disagree with the editorial policy of any media house, it is unacceptable to invite the public against any media house,” he said.
The CEO pointed out that while the Council recognizes the right of any individual to demand for upholding of ethical standards in journalism, it expects that the same shall be demanded of the politicians and leaders for violating free of expression,press freedom and access to information as provided in the Constitution.
He said that politicians cannot on their own accord term the media as unprofessional. Such action amounts to taking the law into their own hands and proceeding to pronounce judgement on an issue they are not made to prosecute.
“Any politician who attacks the media is a threat to press freedom and media Council of Kenya will oppose their clearance for participation in the next election,” he said.
He called on any aggrieved politician, leader or members of the public by the ethical standards by journalists and media houses, they are advised to file a complaint with the Media complaints commission which is legally mandated to handle such matters.