Saturday, 3 January 2009

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1. * Kenyan 'media gag' law approved *
From: George Lessard

1. * Kenyan 'media gag' law approved *
Posted by: "George Lessard" themediamentor
Date: Fri Jan 2, 2009 5:48 pm ((PST))

* Kenyan 'media gag' law approved *
Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki signs into law a media bill that journalists
say will
curtail press freedom.


The law gives the Kenyan authorities the power to raid media offices, tap
phones and control broadcast content on grounds of national security.

Mr Kibaki said he had carefully considered the journalists' concerns but
added press freedom must go hand in hand with responsibility.

He said the bill was crucial for Kenya's economic development.

In a statement, Mr Kibaki added that regulating the electronic media would
promote and "safeguard our culture, moral values and nationhood".

The Kenyan Communications Amendment Bill gives the state power to raid
media houses and control broadcast content.

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