Kenya threatens to dislodge mega CNN deal over Terror remarks
28 July 2015, 15:19
Nairobi - Kenya has threatened to withdraw a multi million shilling deal with broadcaster CNN over a spate of terror comments made negatively towards the country in recent weeks.
The revelation came Tuesday after the Kenya tourism Board stated that it would reconsider its status with the CNN deal after the global broadcaster last week came under serious scrutiny from Kenyans after a number of hits at the country's security network.
Other sources though stated that the deal had already been suspended.
Managing Director Muriithi Ndegwa is however out of the country and thus the story could not be confirmed.
In a number of bulletins in the period before the arrival of US President Barack Obama, the broadcaster described Kenya as 'one of the most dangerous countries in the world' and also as a 'terror hotbed'.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery had asked CNN to apologize for the apparent slur last week, a stance that was quickly adopted by CNN as it cut down on the references and went to try cover Kenya in a good light.
" They must do the right thing and apologize," he said last week, saying Kenya would consider taking action of their knowledge on the matter.
But in a twist, the KTB has said it will consider taking action on the broadcaster.
" There is consideration that some action which I cannot specify will be made. There are mutterings that the deal with CNN can be revoked," a source that did not wan to be named told News24 Tuesday.
On further query, News24 was told that there would be a meeting later on this week to deliberate on the matter and several others.
" There will be a meeting this week where the story will be confirmed," the source continued.
Kenyans started the Twitter hash-tag #SomeonetellCNN to complain over the slur which was described by many as unfair.
For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page!
Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.