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Published:August 15th, 2007 01:00 EST
Silent March Against Media Bill

Silent March Against Media Bill

By Francis Karugah

Today, Wednesday, August 15, 2007, the Kenyan media society will hold a march around the city to protest the media bill.  They will deliver a letter to the head of the public service, Francis Muthaura, addressed to the president asking him not to ascent to the media bill. They will adorn black t-shirts, handbands and some will spot gags to show they will never reveal their sources. The theme for this march is silence. This is like no other protest in Kenya as shouting will not feature. They intend to circle parliament where the bill was passed. There is also a news black out by the journalists.

Yesterday, the minister for information, Mutahi Kagwe, said the attorney general had written to him about the matter and had concluded the bill was faulty. His advice to the president: reject the bill or amend the controversial clause. While acknowledging the attorney generals' effort as "light at the end of the tunnel," broadcaster Caroline Mutoko said this was not enough, they want the president to reject the whole bill.