Media shutdown dims Kenya's light as beacon of freedom

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, flanked by other senior government officials, gives a press conference at Harambee House, Nairobi, on January 31, 2018. The government has shutdown three media houses over subversion claims. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The Cabinet Secretary for Interior Fred Matiang’i has indicated that the TV blockade will remain indefinitely.
  • The affected media houses issued individual rather than collective statements and mooted court action on individual basis.
  • The lawsuit that secured the temporary order for restoration of the airwaves was filed by public-interest crusader Okiya Omtatah.

From the famous State House breakfast with members of the Kenya Editors’ Guild early in his first term in 2013, onto the present crack down, President Uhuru Kenyatta has enjoyed a love-hate relationship with the media.

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