A magistrate court has ruled that NTV Journalists Emmanuel Juma and Edwin Nyabola should be held in contempt of court.
In a ruling where the Child Welfare Society of Kenya had sued the Nation Media Group, Milimani Commercial court Senior Resident Magistrate D.O Mbeja said NTV disobeyed Court orders that advised it against airing a story that included Children welfare.
The Magistrate issued a summon for the two- to appear before court for mitigation before they are sentenced.
The court on its discretion may opt to punish the defendant through a fine that it feels fit for the offence.
On 4th October 2019, the Child Welfare Society of Kenya sued the Nation Media Group.
The Society wants the two Journalists sentenced to jail for contempt of court after they disobeyed a court order issued on 1st October 2019.
The Society wants the two detained at Industrial Area remand prison.
“The plaintiff in the application before Court stressed that the defendant and its two agents were duly served with the order, which was well seen but they opted to run the story in total disregard of the valid court order,” Mbeja ruled.
The magistrate said NTVs conduct was calculated to undermine Judicial authority, the rule of law and administration of Justice.
“Court orders must be obeyed, the court found a case of willful disobedience of the court order by Nation Media Group and two agents Juma and Edwin issued on 1st October 2019 by the defendant and by extension,” the Magistrate ruled.