Parliament passes contagious media bill
14 October 2015, 14:43
Nairobi - MPs have passed the contagious media bill that proposes stiff penalties on journalists for defamation and misreporting on House proceedings in a move seen as strategy to gag Parliament reporters.
PSC Vice Chair who is also the Wajir West MP, Adan Keynan on Monday had dropped the contagious clauses in favour of press freedom.
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While making the announcement, he said: "I am one person persuaded that members of the fourth Estate (journalists) are critical not only in Kenya but in any civilized society all over the world to freely inform taxpayers."
However, the MPs Wednesday voted to retain Clauses 27 and 34 that proposes heavy penalties of KES 500 000 or a two-year jail term for journalists liable of offences in the Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Bill 2014.
The Media Council already has mechanisms in place for handling defamation and libel, Daily Nation reports.
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