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EXPOSED: Fake journalists who gatecrash media cocktails

Imposters are ruining our good name, said journalists during the launch of the African Media Barometer-Kenya at a Nairobi hotel on Thursday.

During the discussion on the results of the African Media Barometer Kenya (AMB), a system that measures the media environment in a country, the issue of fake journalists arose.

It was revealed that people purporting to be staff from various media houses, some even bearing fake Media Council of Kenya press cards, appear at functions especially press conferences at hotels, eat and leave without even taking notes.

Corruption was another issue discussed during the meeting attended by journalists, bloggers and other stakeholders. It emerged that some journalists take bribes from politicians as well as the civil society.


The African Media Barometer analyses the media situation in a given African country and is conducted by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung organisation every three or four years.

This year’s report indicated that the media landscape in the country continues to grow, registering an ever increasing number of new radio, television stations and blogs.

However, the report indicated that there was a need for a mentorship framework for budding journalists so as to learn from industry veterans.

IEBC communication manager Andrew Limo said they will work with the media ahead of the General Election. He also emphasized that the August 8 election date will not change, as they are ready.