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Deputy President William Samoei Ruto on Thursday, June 2nd announced that he will not participate in the presidential debate until the media stations reforms their coverage of the elections.
Through United Democratic Movement Communication Director Hussein Mohammed, Royal Media Stations stations like Citizen TV, Inooro TV, Inooro FM, and The Daily Nation as among the most notorious media houses in biased reporting against the Deputy President.
“We wish to highlight the notorious instance of runaway abuse of public bandwidth by Royal Media Services a licensee which has converted its platforms, especially Citizen TV, Inooro TV, and Inooro Radio to official campaign mouthpieces of the Azimio la Umoja. The Daily Nation complements these abuses by becoming their print counterpart”. his statement reads.
“Under the current partisan media environment, we have advised our candidate against participating in the presidential debate,”
According to the Citizen Tv Presenter, political news is a matter of public interest, hence coverage by journalists, media practitioners, or media enterprises must be fair, truthful, and cover all sides of the issue.
“This has been deliberately contravened, ignored, and bravely abused by the sections of the media”. He added.
Media Owners Association, Media Council of Kenya, and Kenya Editors Guild jointly recently announced that the Presidential and Deputy Presidential Debates will take place before the elections without giving the tentative dates.
“It is scheduled to take place in July in consultation with Political parties ahead of August 9, 2022. Also, a team of senior editors from across media houses has been put in place to secure the interest of Kenyans and to deliver fairness to all concerned,” they said in a statement.