Journalists have been accused of perpetuating their own insecurity by taking bribes to write positive stories about politicians and other personalities. Brown envelope and M-Pesa journalism bind professionals to being unethical, warns Media Council of Kenya deputy CEO Victor Bwire.

“If I give you Ksh200, you cannot write something negative about me or else I will deal with you. That is how people who bribe journalists work,” he said during a conference on the safety of journalists at the Kajiado Cultural Resort held on Tuesday.

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Twaweza Communications chairman Kimani Njogu urged journalists to reject bribes and remain objective in their reporting. He asked counties to organise breakfast meetings at which journalists will be taught how to write balanced stories.

Kajiado Communication director Paul Tobiko assured the county’s commitment to the public’s access to information.  More than 50 journalists attended the conference organised by the MCK and Twaweza Communications. (The Star)

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