Journalists bodies appeal ruling on media laws

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The media stakeholders have appealed against the ruling of media laws to protect the industry regular, the Media Council of Kenya, from losing its powers to the Communications Authority.
The stakeholders Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ), Kenya Editors Guild, Kenya Correspondents Association and Media Owners Association are of the view that the judges’ ruling that gives communication Authority mandate to form a tribunal with powers to impose fines on journalists is dangerous to journalists.
The Kenya Editors Guild chairman Linus Kakai has already instructed lawyers to act on behalf of the stakeholders to file notice of appeal the High Court’s verdict on Kenya Information Amendment Act and Media Act.
However, the appeal could cripple further operations of Media Council that currently is operating without the top organ, the board, as well as complaints commission.
The stakeholders are expected to convene to save MCK from natural death.
On May 27, judges Isaac Lenaola, Weldon Korir and Mumbi Ngugi ruled that the Kenya Information $ Communication Act and the Media Council Act 2013 are lawful, paving the way for establishment of multi appeal tribunal under Communications Authority.

The three-judge bench disagreed with Section 6(2)(C) of the Media Council Act which gags press on critical reporting on grounds that it is vague hence declared it as unconstituitional.

They also disagreed with Section3(2)(c) of the same Act while describing it as having an unjustifiable limitation to the right to freedom of expression.

The judges ruled that the two sections are unlawful except for the rest of the laws.

According to KEG, KUJ and KCA,they disagree with the High Court’s verdict.

In filed notice of appeal they said they intend to move to the appellate Court.

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