Council of Governors suspend advertising with NMG over graft story

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The media has condemned the decision by Council of Governors to cease all advertising with the Nation Media Group after a graft story they said paints them as “corrupt, inept” .

The Council of Governors in a memo signed by Wycliffe Oparanya, urged all governors to cease advertising with the giant media house until further notice.

“There has been a deliberate effort by the media to malign Governors and portray them as corrupt, inept and unable to run their counties especially by the Nation Media Group as evidenced in the Daily Nation Newspaper headline of 8th September, 2020, captioned ‘Eight Governors on graft hit list’,” read the statement.

“Therefore in the meeting it was resolved that henceforth, no County Government shall advertise with the Nation Media Group merchandise until the situation is rectified. I urge all County Governments to immediately cease engaging with NMG merchandise and advise the county officers about this until further notice.”

The Media Owners Association and the Media Council panned the move by the governors saying it was an attempt to intimidate and bully the media house into submission and urged them to reconsider.

“The attempt by CoG to use commercial leverage to influence editorial outcomes is not only unacceptable but also ill-advised in a constitutional dispensation that encourages freedom of media and transparency in public institutions,” said the MoA in a letter signed by Royal Media Services CEO Wachira Waruru who is also the chairman.

The Media Council of Kenya urged the CoG to present their grievances to the Media Complaints Commission for determination and appropriate action.