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Atwoli asks President Kenyatta to intevene on digital migration row

03 March 2015, 18:41

Nairobi - Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary General, Francis Atwoli has asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to help solve the stalemate between Communication Authority of Kenya (CAK) and leading TV stations in the country.

The trade unionist said the switch off in protest by KTN, NTV, QTV and Citizen TV stations is hurting majority of Kenyans and the head of state must act.

In a statement sent to newsrooms on Monday, Atwoli said Kenyans have been kept in the dark as far as current affairs are concerned since the switch-off begun late last month.

“Rumours and propaganda are flourishing now in the country since most of the privately owned TV Stations are off air,” said Atwoli.

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“Let President Uhuru Kenyatta personally intervene in this grave matter with the owners of the concerned media houses,” added Atwoli, explaining that most people in the country have no idea what is taking place in the country.

The unionist at the same time observed that the stalemate is hurting local media houses, which are losing millions of shillings in terms of revenue.

"Despite the switch-off being a global requirement, it is punitive and unfair for the government to remain silent when TV stations owned by local media houses shut down,” Atwoli.

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