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Govt "committed" to media freedom

29 November 2013, 11:00

Nairobi - Information and Communication Cabinet Secretary, Dr Fred Matiangi, reaffirmed the government’s commitment to protect the rights of journalists and freedom of media houses after President Uhuru Kenyatta returned to Parliament a bill that critics argue would muzzle the press.

“Article 33 and 34 of the freedom of expression emphasizes again the fact that we need to have a free media in our environment and that all those who practice in this sector should be allowed to operate freely,” said Matiangi during the 28th graduation at the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC).

His sentiments came days after President Kenyatta returned the controversial Media Bill to the House for further amendments on several clauses.

Matiangi further added that the President’s move to return the bill to the House for amendment of the controversial clauses was “proof enough” that the government respected and upheld the freedom of expression in the country.

He also noted that the government wanted the media to grow since it recognized the role it played in national development.

“Over the years Kenyan has experienced a steady growth of the media sector as a whole which has indeed played a key role in national development. This development has also consistently kept the public informed, educated and of course grossly updated on emerging local and regional trades,” added Matiangi.

– CAJ News


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