On January 2, 2009, Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki signed legislation giving power to a communication commission to regulate broadcasting with threats of fines or incarceration. The Communications Amendment Bill of 2008 allowed the minister of information to control aspects of broadcast content. Kibaki stated that his assent to the bill was based on the importance of Kenya's economic development and emphasized the importance of regulating all electronic transactions. Kibaki said that "while press freedom is a cardinal pillar of democracy, it is a right that carries with it special duties and responsibilities."
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