Kenyan High Court suspends TV channel shutdown by government
Feb 1, Nairobi: Kenya's High Court has suspended the government's shutdown of three of the country's largest private TV channels , N, NTV, and Citizen TV.
The three channels had been taken off-air over plans to broadcast opposition leader Raila Odinga's unofficial "inauguration" on Tuesday. The court has suspended the ban for 14 days while the case is heard.
Odinga had lost in last year's election and his swearing-in was widely seen as a publicity stunt, but the authorities said it was an act of treason.Opposition groups have accused the Kenyan government of violating the public's right to information about important events.The channels were taken off-air on Tuesday morning ahead of the swearing-in.
The interior ministry said in a statement circulating on social media that broadcasting the event - described as an attempt to "subvert or overthrow" the government - "would have led to the deaths of thousands of innocent Kenyans".
Kenyan journalists denounced the move as outrageous and in a statement called for "respect of the constitution" and an end to the "unprecedented intimidation of journalists".
The Oslo Times International News Network