Media Council Intros Smart Press Cards, Sets New Rules For Businesses Involved

Media Council of Kenya

The Media Council of Kenya, a statutory body mandated to regulate media, has established a set of new regulations to guide the accreditation of journalists and media businesses in the country.

Starting in July 2020, media enterprises operating in the country will be required to have a valid MCK accreditation before their broadcast licenses are renewed by the Communication Authority of Kenya (CAK).

“All media enterprises operating in Kenya are advised that valid MCK accreditation will now be prerequisite for the renewal of their broadcast licenses by CAK effective from July 1, 2020. They are hereby also advised to ensure that their accreditation with the MCK is up-to-date,” said MCK Chief Executive Officer David Omwoyo, in a statement.

Also, the council will be rolling out new Smart Press Card for journalists, first of its kind to capture biometric holder data aimed at enhancing the security of the cards and verification of the holders. The validity of the new smart press cards will follow a calendar year, unlike in the past where a year could begin any month unless stated otherwise for foreign journalists.

Accreditation fees for local journalists, freelancers, media practitioners and trainers is Ksh2, 000. Students will part with Ksh300. Foreign journalists, temporarily at work in Kenya will pay Ksh 5,000 while those on long term contracts will pay Ksh10, 000. For students, the fee is Sh300

All journalists, media practitioners, and trainers are advised to submit their applications for accreditation to avoid any inconveniences in the course of their work.