Media industry awaits landmark ruling on Friday

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The High Court will tomorrow delver a landmark ruling on the media regulation that will bring an end to the paralysis at the Media Council of Kenya.
The Media Council of Kenya, which enforces code of conduct for the practice of journalism has been unable to operate after the terms of the complaints commission and board members expired.
The Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ), Kenya Editors Guild and Kenya Correspondents Association moved to court in early 2014 to change Media Act and Kenya Information and Communication Amendment Act on the grounds that they were unconstitutional. The three organisations argued that the formation of Multi Appeal Tribunal with powers to impose fines on journalists and media houses was unconstitutional. On the Media Act, the three organisations noted that transition from the old law to a new one was not followed by then Information and Communication Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i when he constituted a panel to recruit new board members of the media council.
The case was before a three-judge bench of Isaac Lenaola, Mumbi Ngugi and Wildon Korir.

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