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Nakuru West MP supports Draconian Media Bill

04 November 2013, 12:11 Wilshere

Nakuru - Nakuru West Member of Parliament, Samuel Arama, has defended the draconian media bill saying it will guide journalists and media houses to report responsibly.

Arama further urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to sign the new media bill into law saying that the media, just like any other institution, ought to be guided by laws.

“This bill will help the media to report responsibly and that’s why our Presidents needs to assent to this bill,” he said.

Speaking Monday in Nakuru, the legislator said that the bill should not be amended saying the media fraternity in the country should adhere to the new law once signed by the head of state.

He defended the parliament on passing the bill saying the August house is not trying to gag the press but are rather trying to instill responsible reporting in the fourth estate.

“Journalists ought to be guided by laws and this should not be viewed as an attempt by the house to muzzle the fourth estate,” he said.

Arama, who was among the MPs present during the passing of the bill, said that there is need to regulate what the media releases to the public.

He noted that the new media bill has not stated anywhere that the media houses in Kenya will be gagged in any way.

He further observed that the new bill is in the best interest of all Kenyans in the country.

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