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By Salim Mutuma

TUKO news editor Didacus Malowa has been jailed for allegedly defying a court order that demanded retraction of a story on National Youth Service scandal and subsequent publishing of an apology.

Nairobi Principal Magistrate Eunice Nyutu while issuing the sentence said Mr Malowa had failed to comply with the court orders and would therefore serve as an example to other media owners, journalists and editors.

The editor was jailed for five days.

Mr Malowa has been facing charges for allegedly publishing misleading information on an ongoing case that saw him sentenced to six months jail term with the option of a Sh50, 000 fine.

But, the Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ) appealed the decision maintaining that jailing a journalist was tantamount to assault to the freedom of Media.

Through their lawyer, the union maintained that the law provides mechanisms for parties aggrieved by the work of journalists to seek redress.

The matter is still pending in High court.

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