The Media Council of Kenya (MCK) has written a letter to Football Kenya Federation (KFK) President Nick Mwendwa, warning him that the federation will not be allowed to trump-over the rights of journalists.
In a statement on Monday, MCK insisted that football is a public function which will be covered by the media even if the federation is uncomfortable with the coverage.
The council said that any issues that the federation might have with journalists and media houses, should be reported to the relevant authorities.
“It is illegal and unconstitutional for FKF or any other body or institution to bar journalists from accessing public functions. All complaints against journalists or media houses should be reported to the Media Complaints Commission,” reads part of the statement signed by MCK CEO David Omwoyo.
FKF has been on the spot for blocking journalists from Nation Media and The Standard from covering Saturday’s Premier League match between Gor Mahia and Ulinzi Stars.
According to reports, the federation stationed police officers at the entrance to Nyayo National Stadium, with specific instructions not to allow reporters from the two media houses access to the stadium.
Consequently, both NMG and Standard media have announced that they will not be covering any activity related to the local league until the issue is sorted.
MCK said it supports the media blackout until FKF restores the dignity and rights of the media.
The federation is yet to issue a statement over the allegations.