The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) boss Ezekiel Mutua, on Saturday, March 27, reacted to an issue where Homeboyz radio presenters were suspended after making insensitive comments against women in a morning show.
In a statement, the KFCB boss condemned Shaffie Weru and his co-hosts Dj Joe Mfalme and Neville Musya and described their statements as irresponsible and despicable.
“We hope that serious action will be taken against the culprits,” read part of Mutua’s statement.
In addition, the “moral cope” faulted media houses for disregarding professional ethics by employing unqualified characters to promote indecency and irresponsible behavior.
He noted that it’s time for the media houses to redefine who a journalist is and the qualifications for working on radio stations.
Mutua added that the withdrawal of advertising by EABL and the suspension of the three media personalities for the unfortunate slur on women and promotion of Gender-Based Violence is a painful lesson for all.
However, his response attracted mixed reactions from a section of Kenyans online, with some agreeing with him and others feeling that his sentiments didn’t hold any water.
City lawyer Donald Kipkorir also reacted on the matter, which has since been trending on social media.
According to Kipkorir, most journalists who work at the BBC, CNN, The New York Times, and The economics, among others, did not go to any media school. They are lawyers, political scientists, doctors, and economists.
The debate of whether or not those employed in newsrooms should be trained journalists is one that has been around for a long time.
Most media houses have been going for comedians and DJs, most of whom do not have training in media.
Meanwhile, many media employers have continued cutting down on staff, which has seen many trained journalists losing their jobs and others completely unemployed despite been qualified journalists.
The few who still maintain their jobs are hardly paid enough to sustain themselves and their lovely ones.