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NCPK urges journalists to hold demo against Media Bill

05 November 2013, 16:32 Rodgers Buluma

Mombasa - Journalists and the general public in Mombasa have been urged to hold peaceful demonstrations against the proposed media Bill.

Speaking in Mombasa, the chairman of the National Council of Preachers, Kenya (NCPK) Mombasa branch, Lawrence Chai, said that the bill seeks to shutter both the voice and vision of the public.

“The media is our eye and our only voice that can be heard; restricting it means only the voice of the able ones will be heard, an act that seeks to take us back to the colonial period when only those in power would speak out their thoughts,” Chai said.

The NCPK chairman said that the bill that awaits presidential assent has hidden agenda in it, adding that the members of the national assembly are yet to extend their selfishness yet another mile by holding the voice of the media, the only tool that is able to watch the daily progress in the public offices, and asked the president to totally reject it.

The NCPK chairman asked the president to reject the proposed bill saying the constitution is still young and that should it not start encountering mutilations of large magnitude as the one on his table now.

This happens just months after the president held session with the media fraternity where he praised them for fair reporting and asked them to keep the spirit.

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