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Controversial media bill worries CIC

08 November 2013, 09:26

Nairobi - The Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) has finally broken its silence over controversial Media Bill.

The CIC termed several clauses in the bill, which has drawn criticism from civil societies, media owners and journalists, as faulty and unlawful.

The organisation revealed it had written to President Uhuru Kenyatta urging him to refer the bill back to Parliament for amendment of the controversial clauses.

CIC chairperson, Charles Nyachae, said in its current state, and if enacted, the legal instrument would curtail media freedom.

“The Bill contains provisions which are unconstitutional and if enacted in its current state will inadvertently erode the gains made in the constitution to ensure freedom of the media,” said Nyachae.

Nyachae however cautioned media owners’ decision of engaging the courts to court to seek legal redress without giving President Uhuru Kenyatta an opportunity to explore the proposed law.

CIC’s sentiments came days after the Speaker of the National Assembly, Justin Muturi, said the issue was no longer under the House’s jurisdiction.

He was quoted as saying there was nothing the House could except wait for Presidential amendment or rejection of the Bill.

The contentious Media Bill in its current state proposes hefty penalties for both the journalists and the Media Houses that violate the provisions of the Bill.

CIC is was established under the Constitution of the country to ensure smooth implementation of the 2010 Constitution.

– CAJ News

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