Judges and magistrates asked to allow journalists cover court proceedings

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Kenya’s Chief Justice Martha Koome has instructed that journalists seeking to cover court proceedings be granted access to the premises.

CJ Koome remarked in an internal message to all Principal Judges, Presiding Judges, and Station Heads that the judiciary and the media must collaborate to ensure accountability.

“The two institutions play a role in societal development by bringing to light various problems in society and prodding duty-bearers to work toward settlement of such problems,” read part of the memo.

She also stated that she is committed to building a positive connection between the judiciary and the media during her tenure in office in order to advance justice.

“At a recent meeting with the Kenya Editors’ Guild, I promised them that this shared overall role in society will shape and direct the relationship between the Judiciary and the media during my tenure as Chief Justice,” she said.

This comes after journalists through the Media Council of Kenya (MCK) said that some were not allowed to cover events at different stations across the country.

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