Media / Watchdog
Friday, 17 Jun 2016 06:28 EATlbramwel@kenyafreepress.com
The National Cohesion and Integrity Commission, whose mandate is to promote interethnic harmony, cultural understanding and peace, has floated new policy regulations to bar journalists from reporting speeches by politicians which could amount to hate speech.
The Commission’s chair, Francis ole Kaparo, met with the joint Committee on National Cohesion on Equal Opportunity and stated that his commission will next week Tuesday sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with editors to bar the airing and publishing of hate speech by politicians.
Kaparo also said his commission will seek legal amendments to enhance enforcement of anti-hate speech laws. While not clarifying which laws he would want amended, he suggested that the Commission opposes the granting of bail to hate speech suspects.
The writer is a student at University of Kabianga currently on internship at the Kenya Free Press.