The Media Council of Kenya has fingered two UDA politicians for threatening journalists.

In a statement, the council lamented over an onslaught directed at journalists while undertaking their duties.

According to the Council, they have documented 45 cases of journalists’ rights being violated with most of the cases related to the elections.

Among those who were faulted for issuing threats to Citizen Tv include Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi and his South Mugirango counterpart Sylvanus Osoro.

“We particularly take note of the latest verbal attack against Citizen TV by Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi vide a social media post meant to intimidate the editorial discretion of the station. Hon Sudi’s statement comes after a similar threat by South Mugirango MP Sylvanus Osoro who castigated the media outlet for alleged biased reporting,” MCK CEO David Omwoyo Omwoyo said.

Omwoyo noted that the Kenyan media is guided by a professional code of conduct with sufficient mechanisms for self-regulation.

This comes two days after Kapseret Member of Parliament, Oscar Sudi called out Citizen TV for failing to censor remarks made by Junet Mohamed, that he says borders hate speech.

In a statement on Tuesday, May 17, Sudi accused the Kilimani-based station of covering the Suna West Legislator as he allegedly insulting members of the Kenya Kwanza camp.

“Citizen TV, you can continue covering and reporting on Azimio and Junet Mohamed with all his (unprintable) and abusive remarks,” Sudi stated.

He further accused the broadcaster of being biased in covering the two rival political coalitions – adding that it was giving Azimio One Kenya more airtime in its bulletins and publications.

“You may as well set up camp at Raila Odinga’s home and cover from the time he has breakfast, including when he ties his shoelaces. Do not even cover us! Have our phones and the internet,” he added.

His comments comes just a day after Junet went on a rampage castigating Deputy President William Ruto’s camp for allegedly trying to create a non-existent war in Azimio.

Junet had also ridiculed Kenya Kwanza for receiving Kilifi governor Amason Kingi and his Machakos counterpart, Alfred Mutua, who ditched Azimio. The Suna East MP said that the move by Kingi and Mutua to defect was inconsequential.

In another rally in Kajiado, Junet claimed that the two governors demanded to be paid for their loyalty and wanted to be politically cleansed.

By Kenyan report

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