Team to relook at laws in­fring­ing on me­dia free­dom, rec­om­mend changes

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Ministries /judiciary -

Me­dia stake­hold­ers have set up a com­mit­tee to re-look at me­dia leg­is­la­tion to rec­om­mend amend­ments. The stake­hold­ers dis­cussed laws they said in­fringe on free me­dia. Me­dia Coun­cil chair­man Charles Kerich said rec­om­men­da­tions would be passed on to the gov­ern­ment through the Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion that will ask Par­lia­ment to amend the of­fend­ing clauses. “As me­dia prac­ti­tion­ers, we are op­posed to a pro­posal to delink the Com­plaints Com­mis­sion from the Coun­cil. We ex­press dis­plea­sure at the speed in which cases were be­ing ar­bi­trated by the Com­mis­sion, which is yet to be­gin work due to con­tes­ta­tion over the right com­po­si­tion,” he said. Kerich was with MCK chief ex­ec­u­tive Haron Mwangi and Kenya Union of Jour­nal­ist sec­re­tary gen­eral Eric Odour on Satur­day dur­ing a two-day re­treat to de­lib­er­ate on the sta­tus of jour­nal­ism and prepa­ra­tions to ad­e­quately cover the 2017 elec­tions.

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