Credible Journalism Can Still Make You Money, Catholic Archbishop in Kenya Tells Media

Archbishop Anthony Muheria addressing members of the Kenya Editors’ Guild (KEG) in Nairobi on 11 May 2022. Credit: Courtesy Photo

The Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Nyeri in Kenya has told media houses in the East African nation to practice credible journalism, noting that the media houses will still make money if they serve people with truth.

In a Wednesday, May 11 breakfast meeting that was convened between the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) and the Kenya Editors’ Guild (KEG) in Nairobi, Archbishop Anthony Muheria appealed to the media to accept to work together with religious leaders in the country, who he said still enjoy some credibility.

“You have the muscle. Perhaps we enjoy a little bit more credibility than you at this moment. It is not that you are devoid of credibility, but if we get together, you can still do good business. You can still make good money at the service of truth,” Archbishop Muheria said.

He added, in his address to editors in various media houses in Kenya, “We are not asking you to get into unprofitable business. I believe long-term business is profitable if we are working in more lasting values. And we are here to support you and to ask kindly, that at least you give us a little bit more of this conversation and space.”

The team of senior print, broadcast and online editors, as well as media scholars in Kenya met with Catholic Bishops in the East African country to deliberate on how to effectively deliver their mandate before, during and after the country’s general elections scheduled for August 9.


Archbishop Muheria underlined the need for the media and faith-based leaders to always seek to uphold truth to create space for constructive politics in the country.

“We are working for truth and not only truth that is ideological or truth that is idealistic, but working for the blossoming of truth of each person,” the Kenyan Catholic Archbishop said.

He added, “We believe we can work together. If we can work together, we can hold this country peacefully together and direct politics to more constructive ground.”

“We ask that we engage with you so that you are able to use voices and faces of the Bishops and their credibility thereof by extension even of religious leaders in order to sell this message,” Archbishop Muheria said.

Kenya Editors Guild President, Churchill Otieno, urged the church and the media to pool their resources together in holding those in power accountable in service delivery.

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The Head of News at Kenya’s Nation Media Group (NMG), one of the mainstream media houses in the country, said that the role of the Press and the Church was especially more critical in the country’s electioneering period.

“We have to be the watchdogs; we have to hold those in positions of leadership, positions of power, positions of privilege accountable for how they exact and deliver on their mandate in this election,” Mr. Otieno said.

He highlighted some of those in power as the state, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), and voters. He said, “Unless the voter does their job, there is nowhere we are going with this election. But there is also the media and we have to hold ourselves accountable.”

Agnes Aineah is a Kenyan journalist with a background in digital and newspaper reporting. She holds a Master of Arts in Digital Journalism from the Aga Khan University, Graduate School of Media and Communications and a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communications from Kenya's Moi University. Agnes currently serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.