The Media Council of Kenya (MCK) has announced that it will be recalling all accreditation cards to contain fraudsters posing as journalists.

Through a statement to the media, MCK  has said new press cards will have additional unique identifiers that include barcodes and a QR code that can be scanned using a smartphone.

MCK earlier held a meeting with various stakeholders in a move to end fraudsters in the media sector who are posing as journalists.

MCK CEO David Omwoyo said the meeting is a result of an increase in the number of fraudsters who extort and harass the public.

He said” it has come to our attention that there is an escalation of fraudsters masquerading as journalists and media practitioners who get access to events to extort and harass people”

The council reiterates that it is committed to protecting the image and credibility of the media industry and it vows to ensure only accredited journalists are allowed to practice in the country.