The African Editors Forum (Taef) has described as most disturbing that at this age such a draconian bill against the media would be passed by a legislature of a country at the forefront of tourism in Africa.
TAEF has joined journalists groups and organisations in condemning the action.
"We are confident that a president who came through genuine democracy will not sign such a bill that would truncate democracy and of course freedom of expression".
According to the Kenya Correspondents Association (KCA), the national assembly on 31 October passed legislation so that media houses can be fined and journalists banned from practicing if they violated the code of conduct for journalism.
This is a blow to democracy and free speech in Kenya and Africa.
According to KCA, a number of provisions in the Bill including the creation of the Tribunal with powers to impose a fine of up to USD 24,000 for media houses deemed to have offended the law, and USD 12,000 for individual journalists represents the worst form of attempt at media repression ever seen in the country.
According to the KCA Chairman, William O. Kanaka, the national assembly went ahead and passed the Kenya Information and Communications Amendment Bill 2013 with all the attendant provisions that clearly threaten press freedom, freedom of expression and the overall democratic gains that Kenya has achieved over the years
There have also been reports of serious intimidation of journalists in Kenya recently that have attracted outcry and condemnation by TAEF.
TAEF therefore urges President Uhuru Kenyatta to decline to sign the Bill into law, which would drag Kenya into the dark ages. Kenyatta would become known as the leader under whose watch Kenya slid into the league of those nations notorious for inhibiting press freedom.
As a member of the African Platform on Access to Information, TAEF cannot watch the efforts being put to ensure more countries provide an enabling environment for the practice of journalism go down the drain.
Cheriff Moumina SY
Chairperson: The African Editors' Forum (TAEF)