The Media Council of Kenya (MCK) has began a crackdown of taming fake journalists and fraudsters posing as news people.
In a bid to actualize this mission, the body has resolved to recall all accreditation cards, promising to issue new press cards with additional features aimed at making it easy to authenticate the card using any smartphone.
The new press cards will have bar and QR codes that can be scanned to verify authenticity.
Accredited journalists not only access information by attending conferences, workshops, trainings and other gatherings, but also gives them protection, rights and privileges of journalists in performing their duties.
Category of people eligible for accreditation, according to MCK include; Journalists attached to media companies, freelance journalists, foreign journalists, students pursuing media, journalism and communication studies, PR Practitioners, advertising companies and media trainers.
Journalists seeking accreditation by the MCK, are required to provide a letter from the employer, an original degree or diploma certificate in communication from a recognized institution.