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Media Council of Kenya Suspends Journalist Caught Fighting over Cash Handouts Given by Gem MP Elisha Odhiambo

by Paul Nyongesa
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The Media Council of Kenya has taken disciplinary action against three journalists based in Siaya following a public brawl that erupted during an event hosted by Gem Member of Parliament, Elisha Odhiambo.

The dispute among the journalists arose over cash handouts distributed by the MP, resulting in a physical altercation during the incident on January 20, 2024.

Josiah Odanga from The Star, George Amolo from Ramogi, and Mary Goretty Juma from K24 were identified as the journalists involved in the public brawl. The confrontation left Odanga injured, and his camera was also destroyed in the scuffle.

Upon receiving reports of the incident, the Media Council of Kenya conducted an investigation into the matter.

It was revealed that the journalists, despite previous claims of marking territory over news coverage in counties, were indeed fighting over the cash handouts provided by the MP.

In response to the unprofessional conduct displayed by the journalists, the Media Council of Kenya decided to suspend their accreditation until further notice. David Omwoyo, the CEO of MCK, emphasized that the suspension was a necessary administrative action to restore discipline and sanity within the media industry.

In a statement, Omwoyo mentioned, “Considering your admission of engaging in unprofessional conduct, such as demanding and fighting for handouts, the Council hereby suspends your accreditation until further notice.” The suspension was communicated to the journalists’ respective bosses.

The Media Council of Kenya asserted that the journalists’ actions violated the Code of Conduct for the Practice of Journalism in Kenya, specifically citing Articles 4 and 5 on Integrity and Accountability. These articles prohibit journalists from soliciting or accepting gifts, favors, or compensation that might influence their coverage.

The Council underlined its commitment to upholding professional standards and called for adherence to these principles by all journalists and media practitioners.

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