Judiciary issues guidelines to journalists on election petition coverage

With multiple petitions expected to flood the courts after last week’s disputed elections, the Judiciary has issued guidelines to journalists wishing to cover proceedings.

Tehe Chief Registrar of the Judiciary, Ms Ane Amadi, says media representatives are expected to be seated in court 15 minutes before proceedings.

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In addition, journalists will not be allowed to install, move or remove their equipment from the courtroom while the court is in session.

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Distracting elements, for example photography, will not be permitted at the beginning and end of court proceedings.

“TV journalists should use soft lighting that does not generate heat or glaring effects,” a statement placed on a notice board within Nyeri law courts reads in part.

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Subsequently, images that portray judicial officers, litigants, advocates or the public in undignified manner will not be shown.

“Footage from court proceedings will not be used for political or commercial purposes,” guidelines further explain.


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