Kenyan president shoots down media bill

Kenya's president rejected a contentious media bill late Wednesday after journalists took to the streets in silent protest at a clause that could force them to reveal their sources, reports said Thursday.

Kenyan president shoots down media bill
Kenya's president rejected a contentious media bill late Wednesday after journalists took to the streets in silent protest at a clause that could force them to reveal their sources, reports said Thursday.

President Mwai Kibaki said words in the bill could be misinterpreted and that the contentious clause that had journalists up in arms should be deleted.

"The meaning can be construed to include subjects of a story as well as sources of information. This could act as a great inhibition of press freedom and undermine the democratic strides we have made as a nation," Kibaki said, according to the independent Daily Nation.

A clause that could see journalists reveal their sources should the story become the matter of a legal battle was inserted by an MP shortly before the bill was passed in parliament.

More than 300 journalists, students and activists descended on downtown Nairobi last week with their mouths gagged with tape and handkerchiefs, symbolizing what they said the bill would do to their profession.

Anonymous whistle-blowers have been credited with bringing to light the numerous graft scandals that have rocked the East African country by exposing them through Kenya's robust media.

Kibaki is set to run for a second term in December elections.

DPA
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