Kenyan Lawmakers Pass Harsh Media Law

Kenyan lawmakers have passed a controversial new media bill that creates a government tribunal with the power to impose heavy fines on journalists found violating a government-authored code of media conduct.

The legislation, passed late Thursday, drew immediate and sharp criticism from Kenyan news outlets. The Nairobi Standard newspaper called the legislation an attack on free speech and democracy, while a privately owned television network called it “draconian.”

The bill includes …