Editors' Guild stands by Linus Kaikai's statement

Friday February 2 2018

Kenya Editors Guild  Linus Kaikai

Kenya Editors Guild chairman Linus Kaikai delivers his speech during a meeting with broadcasters at Hilton Hotel on August 2, 2017. He has said the government should not muzzle the press. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Editors on Friday came to the defence of their chairman Linus Kaikai by standing with a statement he issued on Monday regarding live streaming of Tuesday’s opposition event at Uhuru Park.

The Kenya Editors Guild (KEG) said that even though Mr Kaikai had not consulted the executive committee before issuing the statement where he criticised the State for calling for the cancellation of live coverage, he is mandated to speak for the group “on matters affecting journalism and especially in emergencies”.

“We adopt the statement as a true reflection of the KEG position,” the team said in a statement last evening.

The guild, through its 17-member executive committee, also welcomed Thursday’s decision by the High Court to temporarily stop the government’s interference with television broadcasts, saying they would press for compensation.