Inter-Religious Council Backs Government Ban on Alcohol and Tobacco Ads

July 30, 2005

Source: East African Standard

On July 30, 2005 The East African Standard reported, "The Government's plan to ban cigarette and alcohol advertisements has won the backing of Muslim, Hindu and Christian faiths. Representatives of the faiths communities also demanded a Government crackdown on pornography in electronic and print media. They spoke out in Nairobi at the end of a consultative meeting organised by the Inter-religious Council of Kenya (IRCK). The meeting chaired by Al-Hajj Murigi who is also the vice-Chairman of the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslim was convened to discuss the media and its effects on children. Among those present was Rattan Channa from the Hindu Council, Anglican bishops Gideon Ireri and William Waqo, Bishop Joseph Macharia of Organisation of Africa Instituted Churches and Pastor Peter Bwana of the SDA Church and Secretary General of the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya Sheikh Muhammad Dormuhammad. The Government announced two months ago that it plans to ban the advertisements of alcohol and cigarettes on moral grounds."