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Friday, August 03, 2007

Media Bill Sails Through Parliament

Yes, the media bill will soon be law. It has been passed in parliament and awaits the president's signature to become law. These are some of the laws that make the Kenyan justice system a joke. Laws passed, not for posterity but for the convenience of a few powerful people who have broken the law and want to use the same law to protect themselves.

You can debate this issue until the cows come home but the fact of the matter is that this new law has been designed to make it more difficult for journalists to expose corruption in high places. When combined with the notorious official secrets act, it makes the life of any investigative journalist in Kenya a serious nightmare and just impossible.

This government has been very keen on "establishing professionalism" amongst media practitioners while our rogue MPs go berserk awarding themselves hefty salaries and now a huge bonus.

The next parliament should immediately move to throw out this law and restore press freedom.

To me this is yet another "feather in the cap" of the 9th parliament.

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