Government to dispel repressive clause in media law
The disputed section will be effectively expelled as soon as a Statute Law Bill published by Attorney-General Amos Wako on May 9, 2009 is passed by the Parliament.
The proposed amendments will also get rid of provisions granting the government power to scrutinize and control content broadcast on TV and radio. This task will now fall under the Broadcast Content Advisory Council. Members of the proposed Council will include the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communication and six other members to be appointed by the information minister. Two of the six members will picked by the Media Council, one from the Law Society of Kenya and one will be nominated by the attorney general.
The attorney general also proposed amendments to the Media Act 2007 requiring the Treasury to provide funding to the Media Council. The funds will be audited yearly by the controller and auditor general in line with the Public Audit Act.