MPs pass one law giving freedoms and another taking them

Members of the Fourth Estate demonstrate on Harambee Avenue in Nairobi against the oppressive Media Bill on December 3, 2013. They later submitted their petition at Parliament. PHOTO | BILLY MUTAI

What you need to know:

  • President Kenyatta’s changes to the Bills transfer control of institutions with authority to punish journalists and their employers from the National Assembly to the Executive and the Presidency.
  • The adoption of the President’s memorandum means the Communications and Multimedia Appeals Tribunal retains the power to impose fines on media houses and journalists, recommend deregistration of a journalist and make any order on freedom of expression.

Parliament Thursday passed a law creating a government-controlled body with power to punish journalists and media houses for their reporting.


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