TUKO’s EDITOR SENTENCED TO 6 MONTHS FOR PUBLISHING MISLEADING ARTICLE

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A senior Editor at TUKO.co.ke was on Monday 26th sentenced to 6 months in jail or pay Sh50,000 fine for a misleading article published in relation to the ongoing NYS graft story.

Senior Principal Magistrate Eunice Nyutu, sentenced him both in his capacity as an editor, and his personal capacity. And in her ruling, Eunice Nyutu said the punishment would act as a lesson to other journalists, editors and media houses who publish misleading articles.

The Tuko editor was summoned to appear in court today after the prosecution told the court that it published a story that tainted the witness.

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The TUKO editor, through his lawyer, apologized to the court about the story, saying one of their correspondents had given them the story and once they realized the error they pulled down the story.

However, the court said writing a defamatory story was punishable by law. Nyutu directed TUKO to publish an apology to the witness on their website and also retract the initial article published.

By Wanjiru Mbaru

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