Kenya journalists protest media bill

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Associated Press

Posted on December 3, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 3 at 10:34 AM

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Journalists in Kenya's capital have staged a street protest over what they say is an attempt by Kenya's parliament to curtail press freedoms.

About 300 journalists and civil rights activists marched to parliament and the president's office Tuesday. Many had masking tape across their mouths to symbolize the gagging of the media.

David Ohito, the vice chairman of the Kenya Editors Guild, said journalists want changes to the bill being debated in parliament.

Ohito says the bill creates a government tribunal that can penalize journalists with $5,500 fines and media companies around $230,000 if the tribunal finds them guilty of breaching a code of conduct that stipulates the need for accuracy, fairness, independence and integrity.

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