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Daily Nation : January 29th 2014
8 | National News PRESS FREEDOM | Ruling expected on Friday Court blocks planned media council changes Journalists and owners seek to stop minister from advertising posts BY PAUL OGEMBA @PaulOgemba email@example.com changes to the composition of the Media Council. Lady Justice Mumbi Ngugi T also restrained Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i from appointing members of the Communication and Multimedia Appeals Tribunal until Friday when she will rule on applications by media owners and journalists seeking to block the changes. “I direct that the status quo regarding the composition of the media oversight authorities as of today be maintained pending further directions and orders of the court on Friday,” said Judge Ngugi. She also allowed the con- he Information minister has been stopped from making any THE PROCESS How suit will be determined 1 Judge either issues or declines interim orders to stop the recruitment constitutional questions raised gives the CS the go-ahead to reconstitute the Media Council 2 3 solidation of three petitions challenging the Kenya Information and Communication (Amendment) Act, Media Council Act 2013 and Dr Matiang’i’s decision to advertise positions of members to the oversight authorities. Nation Media Group, Standard Media Group and Royal Media Services The bench either declares the two Acts unconstitutional or Dispute referred to CJ to constitute a bench due to the through senior counsel Paul Muite put up a spirited fight to have the recruitment suspended, arguing that if the process was not stopped then media houses and journalists would not freely carry out their duties. “Once the tribunal is constituted, they might go ahead and impose fines of Sh20 million on media houses and Sh500,000 on flimsy grounds that will be detrimental to their freedom as provided by the Constitution,” said Mr Muite. He submitted that the process of reconstituting the media council would instill fear in journalists. Mr Muite accused the National Assembly of passing the two laws when they were supposed to consult the Senate. Senator James Orengo, representing the Kenya Editors Guild, Kenya Union of Journalists and Kenya Correspondents Association argued that the MPs went against the constitutional requirement, which requires them to pass laws aimed at ensuring media freedom. BY NATION REPORTER The Director of Public Prosecutions will not act on “political rallies ultimatums” to prosecute former Prime Minister Raila Odinga over his claims that the military rigged the March 4, 2013, elections. According to Mr Keriako To- biko (right), any person who was aggrieved by the former PM’s utterances, must first file a complaint with his office or with the police for any action to be taken. Reacting to an ultimatum by Kiharu MP Irungu Kang’ata, who has given him 14 days to prosecute Mr Odinga, the DPP said his office would not act on demands made at political rallies but on official complaints. “My office is independent and does not act on ultimatums issued at political rallies or barazas,” Mr Tobiko said. DAILY NATION Wednesday January 29, 2014 GUILTY | Foreigner fined Sh20m for smuggling ivory Tang Yong Jian, a Chinese, in a Nairobi court yesterday after he pleaded guilty to smuggling ivory. He was fined Sh20 million or in default serve seven years in jail. An elephant tusk weighing 3.4 kilogrammes was found in his suitcase at the Jomo Kenyatta Interna- tional Airport. PAUL WAWERU | NATION DPP tells off leaders over Raila remark He added that he was yet to receive any official complaint. The MP on Saturday demanded that Mr Tobiko prosecutes Mr Odinga over his claims that the military aided the Jubilee Government to rig elections. He warned that should the two-week period elapse before the DPP files criminal charges against the ODM leader, he would move to court and personally initiate prosecution. Speaking at Mugoiri in Murang’a County, the MP said the former PM’s rigging claims were dangerous and could cause chaos.
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