Legislators want to muzzle media
30 October 2013, 00:55
Nairobi - The Energy, Information and Communication Committee, are in a last minute rush to amend a clause in the proposed Media Council Bill which is in the House, before it is passed to ensure they are the ones to regulate how a story is reported instead of the government.
Already Kenya's media fraternity have been on the receiving end of attacks with the them being removed from Parliament's media centre, and most recently were under attack for their coverage of the Westgate Mall siege last month, which was termed by the Inspector General Kinamiyo as 'unpatriotic' and risking national security.
Daily Nation reports that already the Bill is under scrutiny by aa parliamentary committee, that proposes to give them editorial control.
In countries with free press, where the governments gurantees media freedom, self-regulation, or an independent institution is the one tasked with that oversight role.
The Energy, Information and Communication Committee has proposed the deletion of the entire part in the Bill providing for the establishment of a Complaints Commission.