High court directs CA to restore live transmission for TV stations shut down


Nairobi, KENYA: The high court has ordered the government to restore NTV, Citizen Tv and KTN News signals back on until the case is heard and determined within 14 days.

Activist Okiya Omtata had submitted a petition to Milimani court on Thursday morning seeking to have the government’s directive overturned.

In his petition, he argued that the government directive was an utter violation of article 33 and 34 of the constitution which guarantee media freedom and access to information.

The activist sought to convince the court to compensate the affected media houses for losses they have incurred during the two days they have been off-air.

In the argument, the petition is of the view that both consumers of the content, as well as media houses, had their rights infringed following the implementation of the order by the Communication Authority of Kenya.

He also sued Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi and Information Communication Technology ICT CS Joe Mucheru for the media shut down of the three media houses.