President of Kenya rejects undemocratic media bill

The President of Kenya has rejected the controversial media bill which if passed, would have given power to the government to fine journalist and local media organizations for failing to abide by a code of conduct. This was the first time President Kenyatta used his veto power since he became President in April.

statement released from Kenyatta’s office said that “the many provisions of the bill go against the constitutional requirement that the tribunal proposed should be independent of commercial, political and government interests”. The bill proposed of the creation of a state-controlled Communication and Multimedia Appeals Tribunal which would have the power to deliver arbitrary fines for up to $20 million Shillings ($230,000 US).

via BBC

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