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CJ opens a Media Centre for journalists covering courts

08 October 2014, 09:14 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - Chief Justice, Willy Mutunga has unveiled a Media Centre at the Nairobi’s Milimani Law Courts to facilitate effective filing of stories by journalists covering the Judiciary operations.

The centre, funded by UNDP and the Government, is situated at Milimani Law Courts, Nairobi and is fully equipped with computers, TV sets, projectors, conference facilities and internet connectivity in addition to media briefing centre, newsroom and a communication office.

“We are grateful to the Government of Kenya and the United Nations Development Programme for supporting the establishment of the Media Centre, which has work stations complete with work tools,” said Mutunga.

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He reiterated that media facility is in contributing to the Judiciary’s transformation programme in ensuring accountability to the public despite the institution continually faced with big challenge of space.

“The presence of the media in the Judiciary is not a favour extended at whim, but rather a demonstration of a genuine desire to be accountable to the Kenyan people and to involve the public in what the Judiciary is doing.

“We hope that in time, and resources permitting, there will be many more media centres in the courts around the country from where journalists can work. We invite media owners to share the responsibility of establishing such centres with the Judiciary,” he added.

The UNDP Resident Representative, Nardos Bekele-Thomas, said the partnership between his organization and the Judiciary is part of the larger reform agenda of the Judiciary’s Transformation Framework.

She expressed her confidence in the unveiled centre saying it will boost public engagement and accountability within the Judiciary.

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Thomas said the centre will allow journalists to analyse and report court stories efficiently and accurately.

Other officials present during the opening of the centre included; the Netherlands Ambassador to Kenya, Joost Reintjes, Media Council of Kenya CEO, Haron Mwangi, the Principal Judge of the High Court, Justice Richard Mwongo, among other senior serving and retired journalists.

The opening of the media center is a fulfillment of the CJ’s 2012 pledge of establishing the facility for journalists covering court stories.

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