CORD demand total withdrawal of punitive Media Bill
04 December 2013, 10:10
Nairobi - Members of Parliament and Senators affiliated to the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) have demanded the withdrawal of the Kenya Information and Communications (Amendment Act) and said no further debate or consideration of the Bill should take place.
Speaking Tuesday in Nairobi, they said that the punitive clauses introduced in the National Assembly including hefty fines basically introduces in our criminal justice system although in a different way, the draconian laws that were repealed decades ago including the notorious seditious offences.
They said that parliament should enact legislation strictly in accordance with articles 33 and 34 of the Constitution and engage in dialogue in order to establish a body which shall be independent of control from the government, political interests or commercial interests.
“Over the years, the state has been the biggest culprit in the violation of the freedoms of expression. Media houses have suffered primitive attacks and raids and restrictions of democratic and political space by the government, whereas journalists have also been persecuted and imprisoned or detained making journalism one of the most dangerous professions,” said Eseli Simiyu, MP for Tongaren Constituency in a speech.
They resolved to oppose the Bill and also pass the memorandum of refusal to assent by the President and urged patriotic colleagues in the legislature to do so.
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