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Kenyatta vows to ensure controversial new media law is constitutional

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta told journalists on Saturday not to panic over a new media law which critics say will muzzle the press in East Africa's biggest economy, saying he will veto it to ensure it is constitutional. Kenyan media and opposition politicians say the new rules passed by parliament will stunt democracy in a country which currently enjoys broad press freedoms. Several nations tightly control news reporting in other parts of East Africa.

Africans push deferral of Kenya trials with U.N. draft resolution

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Rwanda, Togo and Morocco circulated among U.N. Security Council members on Friday a draft resolution to defer the International Criminal Court trials of Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto for one year. The African Union asked the Security Council last week to postpone the trials of Kenyatta and Ruto so they can deal with the aftermath of the Nairobi mall attack by al Qaeda-linked group al Shabaab, in which at least 67 people were killed in September.

Africans set to push deferral of Kenya trials in U.N. draft resolution

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Rwanda, Togo and Morocco are set to circulate to U.N. Security Council members on Friday a draft resolution to defer the International Criminal Court trials of Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto for one year. The African Union asked the Security Council last week to postpone the trials of Kenyatta and Ruto so they can deal with the aftermath of the Nairobi mall attack by al Qaeda-linked group al Shabaab, in which at least 67 people were killed in September.

Kenyan press up in arms over 'draconian' media bill

Kenya's media reacted with shock and outrage Friday after parliament voted through a bill that could see journalists and outlets slapped with huge fines for violating a code of conduct. In a late-night sitting Thursday, MPs voted to set up and appoint a new Communications and Multimedia Appeals Tribunal with the teeth to impose penalties of up to 20 million Kenyan shillings (173,000 euros, $234,000) on offenders and even bar journalists from working.

Kenyan press up in arms over 'draconian' media bill

Kenya's media reacted with shock and outrage Friday after parliament voted through a bill that could see journalists and outlets slapped with huge fines for violating a code of conduct. In a late-night sitting Thursday, MPs voted to set up and appoint a new Communications and Multimedia Appeals Tribunal with the teeth to impose penalties of up to 20 million Kenyan shillings (173,000 euros, $234,000) on offenders and even bar journalists from working.

Kenyan press up in arms over 'draconian' media bill

Kenya's media reacted with shock and outrage Friday after parliament voted through a bill that could see journalists and outlets slapped with huge fines for violating a code of conduct. In a late-night sitting Thursday, MPs voted to set up a government-appointed Communications and Multimedia Appeals Tribunal with the teeth to impose penalties of up to 20 million Kenyan shillings (173,000 euros, $234,000) on offenders and even bar journalists from working.

African nations press UN Council to suspend Kenya case

African countries will put forward a UN Security Council resolution seeking a suspension of International Criminal Court (ICC) charges against Kenyan leaders, officials said Thursday. An African ministerial delegation met with Security Council ambassadors on Thursday to press the case to defer charges against President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice President William Ruto. The council is divided on the request and gave no firm answer.

Hague court postpones Kenyatta trial again

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - The start of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta's trial for crimes against humanity has been postponed until February 5, the International Criminal Court said on Thursday. Kenyatta and his deputy, former political rival William Ruto, both face charges at the court relating to the wave of violence that swept Kenya after elections in late 2007, in which 1,200 people died.

Kenya MP accused of inciting protests against oil firm Tullow

NAIROBI (Reuters) - A member of Kenya's parliament said on Thursday he had been accused of inciting his community for taking part in a protest against Tullow Oil that led to the British firm suspending its operations in northern Kenya. The government has said James Lomenen led a group of about 400 people to Twiga 1 drilling camp in Turkana County who broke down the fence and "engaged in wanton destruction of property and looting" when security officials barred their entry.

ICC delays Kenyan president's trial to February

The International Criminal Court on Thursday postponed Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta's trial on charges of crimes against humanity trial by three month to February next year. Kenyatta is accused of masterminding some of the 2007-8 post-election violence in Kenya that left over 1,000 people dead and several hundred thousand displaced. The Hague-based tribunal said in a statement it "decided to postpone the trial's commencement in the case against Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta to 5 February 2014".
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