I Opened Kenya's Judiciary to Media-Dr. Mutunga

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According to Dr. Mutunga, he was emboldened by the fact that his recruitment was covered fully by the media. He says the coverage gave him an opportunity to speak directly to Kenyans and hence recognized the need to open the judiciary to all Kenyans.

Dr. Willy Mutunga, the former Chief Justice of Kenya, says he was the first head of the judiciary to open the institution to media scrutiny. Dr. Mutunga, who served as Kenya's chief justice from 2011 to 2016, says he spearheaded the transformation of the judiciary under a new constitution.

 
 
According to Dr. Mutunga, he was emboldened by the fact that his recruitment was covered fully by the media. He says the coverage gave him an opportunity to speak directly to Kenyans and hence recognized the need to open the judiciary to all Kenyans.
 
 
He explains that as a result, he opened all court proceedings to media, appeared on television and many radio programmes to speak to ordinary Kenyans. Dr. Mutunga also appointed communication experts to keep the media and judiciary engaged. 
 
He says the transparency worked in favor of the judiciary, which made it difficult for some forces to fight transformation.
 
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Dr. Mutunga disclosed this on Wednesday evening while speaking at the fourth African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) annual lecture under the theme "Media and Politics in Africa" at Golf Course Hote in Kampala, Kampala. 
 
He however, says the media was shocked by the transformation of the judiciary since Kenya's media thrived on covering opaque and unaccountable government institutions.
 
 
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Dr. Mutunga backed proposal by some media scholars who have argued that professional journalism should be classified as a public good since
Professional journalism is dying. 
 
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Blanshe Musinguzi
Musinguzi Blanshe is a politics-cum-business journalist. He joined Uganda Radio Network in February 2017. Previously, he worked at Daily Monitor and Red Pepper Publications Limited. He is keenly interested in data journalism.