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MCK calls for formation of a Media-Specialised Legal Network

The Media Council of Kenya (MCK) is rallying lawyers to establish a network of legal experts in media law.

MCK Director for Media Training and Development Victor Bwire has pointed out Kenya’s critical shortage in this expertise, which he says, is creating a gap in defending freedom of expression and press freedom.

Mr Bwire told a recent sensitization forum in Nairobi that the Complaints Commission is mandated to tackle legal issues impacting media and journalists, and urged lawyers, particularly those in media houses, to stay abreast of emerging issues shaping Kenya’s media landscape.

“It’s disheartening to see inadequate legal representation in press freedom cases. Many lawyers lack knowledge of current media trends”, he said.

He mentioned the Council’s plans to collaborate with the Law Society of Kenya to offer media law as a specialty to fill this gap.

“We need specialized media lawyers. Some organizations have had to import lawyers for representation due to our local shortfall ”, he stressed.

He also called for urgent legal reforms to keep pace with rapid media developments and urged lawyers to familiarize themselves with laws on technology and internet governance.

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