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MP distances self from the Media Bill

08 November 2013, 12:41 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - Nyeri County member of the national assembly, Priscillah Nyokabi, has distanced herself from parliament’s decision to gag media with the proposed draconian bill.

Nyokabi said media practitioners are best placed to self regulate their profession without external influence.

“The media should be in charge of their matters just like other professionals. There is no reason why media should be regulated from outside,” Nyokabi said.

Speaking at St. Thomas Academy in Othaya town, the MP urged the parliament to first-track passage of the Media Council Bill which is scheduled to be tabled in Parliament for the second reading next week.

The Bill, she noted, proposed for self regulations.

She however called for adherence of media code and ethics by journalists.

“It is not fair for the local media to expose the nudity of our country. There is a level of dignity around coverage and press freedom should be balanced with responsibility,” Nyokabi stated.

She added that under the Media Council Bill, Parliament would be looking at ways of strengthening the media code of ethics but make sure that the enforcement of that code is left to the industry.

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