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Court ruling expected on digital migration fiasco

10 December 2013, 10:47

Nairobi - Three media houses challenging the deadline for the switch to digital broadcasting have submitted a plea at the High Court to compel Chief Justice Willie Mtunga to constitute a three bench judge which would deliberate and make a ruling on their suit.

Nation Media Group, Standard Media Group and the Royal Media Services, through their lawyer, Paul Muite, are challenging the deadline which they argue is unconstitutional.

“I think it is the first time that we are arguing out Article 3 which is the Constitutional right for broadcasting,” said Muite while making the request to the High Court.

Judge David Majanja, a High Court judge, ordered Muite to serve copies of the application to lawyers representing both sides of the case and further directed they both appear before the Court on Tuesday for a ruling on whether he would grant the request to have the Chief Justice to constitute a three-bench judge to deliberate and make a ruling on the case.

If the High Court does not stop the pending migration, Kenyans would have to buy the Set Top Boxes that convert analogue signals to digital signals at a cost of around US$ 35 and further pay a monthly subscription of KES US$ 6.

There were reported fears that many Kenyans would be locked out of the essential television services due to the Set Top Box prices with stakeholders in the sector urging the government to subsidize the prices.

Citizens in Nairobi and its environs will be the first to experience the digital migration with the first phase of the exercise targeting the region.

 – CAJ News


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