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Vol 56 No 21

Published 23rd October 2015


Kenya

Uhuru bans bad bills

Parliament's attempts to crack down on journalists are on hold since 14 October, when President Uhuru Kenyatta intervened behind the scenes to excise two of the most heinous clauses from the Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Bill. Members of parliament had voted overwhelmingly in favour of the draconian Bill. The presidential intervention has its own irony: one purpose of the bill was to prevent journalists criticising the executive, as well as scrutinising MPs activities. Kenya has one of the most vibrant presses in Africa and is home to a large contingent of foreign correspondents.

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