Media Critical in Fostering National Development 

The Commission has commended the role the media plays in promoting development by providing information to citizens to help in informed decision making.
Speaking at an event organised by the @MediaCouncilK in collaboration with other stakeholders to commemorate this year's World Press Freedom Day, Commissioner in Charge of ATI Ms Lucy Ndung’u, said that responsible journalism is useful in countering misinformation.
She noted that freedom of press goes hand in hand with accountable reporting and that the access to information law is always available to compliment the role of journalists.
Ms Ndung'u also noted that the media relies heavily on access to records held by the State and other persons where the information is required for the protection of fundamental freedoms
And made a commitment that the Commission will continue in its implementation of the access to information law to ensure that the records held by public institutions are accurate, authentic, have integrity and are useable.
The Commission, she said, will also continue building the capacity of journalists so that they can utilise the law in accessing information to help them in filing credible stories.
"The Commission is therefore committed to further engage with @MediaCouncilK and other relevant stakeholders particularly in training more journalists at the national and county levels on access to information and conducting public awareness programmes," she said.
The Commission is mandated with oversighting and enforcing the implementation of the ATI law and it recognises the importance of the fundamental freedom of information as an important pillar for the implementation of values and principles of good governance in our constitution.

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