The Council of Governors (CoG) has unanimously resolved to boycott Nation Media Group, effectively removing the African Media giant from its list of advertising partners.
The decision was arrived at after a publication in the Daily Nation was deemed as malicious by the county bosses.
The story the Daily Nation published on September 8, titled Eight Governors on Graft Hit List had reported that several governors are on the radar over graft, something that did not go down well with the governors.
“Therefore in the meeting it was resolved that henceforth, no county government shall advertise with the Nation Media Group merchandise until the situation is rectified.
“I therefore urge all county governments to immediately cease engaging with NMG merchandise and advise the county officers about this until further notice,” said the statement signed by CoG Chair Wycliffe Oparanya.
The move was criticized by Media Council of Kenya (MCK) has slammed governors and accused the CoG of intimidation and curtailing media freedom.
“The CoG cannot of its own accord term the media as unprofessional. Such action amounts to taking the law into their own hands and proceeding to pronounce judgment on an issue it is not made to prosecute.
“The correct action would be for the CoG to lodge its complaint to the Media Complaints Commission to determine the matter guided by the ethical code of journalism appended to the media law in Kenya,” MCK CEO David Omwoyo wrote in a press release.