Victor Bwire a journalist in Kenya writes guarding media as they cover attack, Dear Colleagues- Explosion on Riverside in Nairobi
The suspects are still in the building and still actively shooting- Please ensure your staff are safe-
Stop giving operational information and showing graphic pictures of the event- some of you are giving step by step accounts of security operations thus compromising rescue operations.
Government should quickly establish a central command and share accurate information on the event.
Be fair and accurate
Ensure to keep the identity of any victims concealed until the situation has been resolved or their names have been released by the authorities.
Do not provide vital information or offer comfort or support to the perpetrators.
Don’t publish false statement, rumours likely to cause fear and alarm to the public or to disturb the public peace
Government requested to designate a person to be in charge of information sharing
Timely updates and proactive information disclosure to the media and public is highly encouraged.