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Media can report on terror cases without fear

23 February 2015, 16:20 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - A clause in the controversial security law which infringed on media rights has been declared unconstitutional by the High Court good news for reporters and the public at large.

In a ruling read by Justice Hillary Chemitei Monday, the court ruled that the clause which stopped media houses from reporting on matters that are under investigation by terrorism police as unconstitutional.

Chemitei ruled that the clause on the role the media houses can play was vague and that there was no specific moderation for the media to follow.

" The provisions of the security laws on freedom of expression and freedom of the media are unconstitutional," he read.

" The prohibitions are so wide and vague that it is difficult for the public to know exactly what is prohibited," he added.

The judge also added that there was no connection between the law and the fight against terrorism.

" We find no connection between the limitations imposed by the security laws and the fight against terrorism," he added.

Media houses as well as members of the opposition and civil societies had queried the clause on media freedom, saying that it was likely to be misused by governments.

When signing it into law though, president Uhuru Kenyatta said that the law would not be used for anything other than fighting terrorism.

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