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Kenyan Media Freedom Under Renewed Threat.

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Each year on May 3, the world commemorates World Press Freedom Day. An event that has been held since 1993 when it was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly following the recommendation of UNESCO’s General Conference in Windhoek in 1991.

The object of this day, among many things, according to UNESCO is to act as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their promise to media freedom.  It is a day of reflection among media professionals about issues of press freedom and professional ethics; a day of support for media which are targets for the restraint, or abolition, of press freedom, and a day of remembrance for those journalists who lost their lives in the pursuit of a story.

Thirty years since the historic Windhoek Declaration, the goals are still as relevant today as they were three decades ago.

However, even with the Windhoek Declaration and several international laws and treaties, media freedom is still considered a privilege rather than a fundamental human right by many governments and authorities across the world.

Journalists and publishers are often harassed, attacked, tortured, detained, and even murdered while media houses get invaded and some torched while publications are censored, fined, suspended, or even closed down.

Kenyans must realize that the responsibility of media freedom doesn’t lie with the State or the political class but with every citizen of this country that values democracy and rule of law.

Kenyans must know that there is no democracy without the media. Media is the fulcrum upon which democracy rotates. Media advocates for accountability. It champions the respect of human rights. It exposes evil deeds in society. Media speaks truth to power. But to do the above, the media must be vibrant, and independent, and void of state interference and control. The media must feel safe and secure. This is a collective responsibility of every member of the great republic of Kenya.

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Government reviews curfew hours in Kisumu and 12 other counties, restricts movement

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The government has reviewed COVID-19 containment measures in 13 counties within the Lake Basin region following a spike in the infection rate.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the dusk to dawn curfew shall begin at 7pm and end at 4am in the counties of Busia, Vihiga, Kisii, Nyamira, Kakamega, Kericho, Bomet, Bungoma, Trans-Nzoia, Kisumu, Siaya, Homa-Bay and Migori.

This takes effect from Friday, June 18, 2021.

The CS said the 13 counties have been declared a COVID-19 hotspot zone after registering a positivity rate of 21% against a national average of 9%.

Movement in and out of the region will remain restricted unless for emergency and essential purposes.

“Except for essential and emergency services, movement between the hotspot Zone and the rest of the country is strongly discouraged,” reads the statement.

All forms of physical gatherings including at places of worship in the 13 counties have also been suspended for a period of 30 days.

It has further been ordered that all funerals and interment ceremonies within the Hotspot Zone  be conducted within 72 hours of confirmation
of death.

The attendees for funerals within the Hotspot Zone are capped to a maximum of 50 persons while only 30 people will be allowed to attend weddings and any other traditional ceremonies.

“That the attendees, officiators, and facilitators of weddings, celebrations of marriage or traditional unions, ceremonies of rites of passage, and all other similar events or ceremonies is maintained at 30 persons in total until further notice,” read the statement.

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OdiBets gifts UgaliMan a Car, Full Gym, and 5 million

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Charles, whose video was shared multiple times on social media last week, entertained netizens when he was captured tossing his ugali meal in the air before eating. Odongo, who is a fitness trainer by profession, stated that he has recorded more than 100 videos before.

Just a week after famous ugali man, Charles Odongo landed a lucrative deal with one of the betting companies in Kenya

Today Odibets has decided to surprise him with a car and full gym equipment after having a deal with him.

Odongo is just one among many who have used this method, whether by accident or by hard work, to stand out from the crowd and grasp opportunities.

Odibets has really emphasized supporting youths on various things likes Inua mama mboga, ODibets mtaani, and many more.

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Former Gem MP, Jakoyo Midiwo Is Dead

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Former Gem Member of Parliament Jakoyo Midiwo has died. The former MP passed on Monday evening at a Nairobi hospital after a long battle with illness.

The former law maker’s death comes only days after he lost his sister who is set to be buried on Saturday. He died while recieving treatment in a Nairobi Hospital according to information by the Orange Democratic Movement Director of Communications, Philip Etale. Etale made the announcement on his Twitter and asked Kenyans to pray for the family and friends of the politician.

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