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Freedom of the Media

According to the Kenyan constitution, freedom and independence of electronic, print and other media of all types are guaranteed.

(1) The state shall not -

a) exercise control over, or interfer with, any person concerned in broadcasting, production or circulation of any publication, or in the dissemination of information by any medium; or

b) harass or penalize any person for any opinion or view, or the content of any broadcast, publication or dissemination.

3. Broadcasting and other electronic media have freedom of establishment, subject only to licensing procedure that -

a) are designed to ensure the necessary regulation of the airwaves and other forms of signal distribution; and

b) are independent of control by Government, political interests or commercial interest.

3) All state media shall be independent and impartial and shall afford fair opportunities and facilities for the presentation of divergent views and dissenting opinions.

4) parliament shall enact legislation that -

a) makes reasonable provision for equitable allocation of airtime by state-owned and other specified categories of broadcasting media, to political parties either generally or during election campaigns.

b) regulates freedom to broadcast in order to ensure fair election campaigning; and

C) provide for the establishment of a body which Shall be independent of government or political control and reflective of the interest of all sections of the community, and which Shall set media standards and regulate and monitor compliance with those standards.

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