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Don’t sign Bill, world writers group urges President

Friday December 12 2008

By NATION Reporter

The international group Reporters Without Borders wrote to President Kibaki urging him not to sign the Kenya Communications (Amendment) Bill, 2008, into law.

“Your refusal to ratify this Bill would send a very strong signal. It would demonstrate your respect for the Kenyan press and for the independent regulatory bodies, which we moreover urge you to strengthen,” said Jean-François Julliard, the organisation’s secretary-general. 

“Reporters Without Borders, an organisation that defends press freedom worldwide, would like to share with you its concern about Parliament’s adoption of the Kenya Communications (Amendment) Bill, 2008, otherwise known as the ICT Bill.

Sparked outcry

“As you are aware, this particularly Draconian Bill has sparked an outcry among Kenyan journalists and in the international community. If it is signed into law, it would, in our view, represent a big step backwards for press freedom in a country known for its diverse, outspoken and professional news media.”