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Kenya threatens to dislodge mega CNN deal over Terror remarks

28 July 2015, 15:19 Victor Tinto

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.

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