The media oversight agency has disowned the statement.
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The MCK is an independent national institution mandated to set and ensure compliance with media standards.
The 15 August 2023-dated statement is titled, “Derogatory comments made by the Governor of Kericho County.”
According to the document, the MCK demanded a written apology from the county leader for supposedly harassing journalists who sought answers on allegations that the Londiani accident victims’ fund was misappropriated.
“Bringing goons to stop journalists from asking questions is the most outdated way of attempting to coerce the press to submission. We demand a written apology to our affected members within seven (7) days,” the statement reads in part.
But is the statement authentic?
Fifty two people died after a truck crashed at the Londiani Junction in Kericho County on 30 June 2023. Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua conducted a funds drive on July 4 in which KSh13.6 million was raised for the accident victims. The money is said to have been misappropriated.
PesaCheck examined a press release on Facebook, supposedly from the Media Council of Kenya (MCK) demanding an apology from Kericho County governor for supposedly harassing journalists, and found it to be FAKE.
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The article was approved for publication by PesaCheck managing editor Doreen Wainainah.