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Government wants to silence media houses, says Raila

23 January 2015, 13:05 William Korir

Nairobi - CORD leader Raila Odinga says that the government has an underhand agenda in trying to silence media houses after revoking digital licences for 3 media houses.

Raila says that the government, through the Communications Authority of Kenya is looking for ways of muzzling the media through what he terms as a faulty process of awarding licenses.

" The current farce over the distribution of digital broadcast frequencies is clearly a continuation of that attempt to punish and control the local news media," he said in part in a statement.

Raila added that Kenyans must be allowed to make their own choice as regards what to watch and the information they want to receive but the government is hell bent on ensuring that it does not happen by handicapping media houses.

" We are rushing in the direction of farce, tragedy and collapse, through what is clearly an ill-informed effort to consolidate power and business by curtailing and controlling media freedom. We ought to stop," he added.

The CA revoked the digital licences for the three media houses Wednesday for what it termed as unfair competition.

The media houses, Nation Media Group, Standard Group and Royal Media Services, have been embroiled in a long standing war over digital migration.

They have insisted that they be given licenses, just like other firms to distribute and sell their own set top boxes, a matter that has played out in court to the highest level, which is the Supreme Court.

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