Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Media houses fault courts on digital migration

11 February 2014, 10:32

Nairobi - The three media houses seeking to be considered in the allocation of digital signal transmission have told the Court of Appeal that the High Court was wrong in dismissing their petition.

Lawyer Issa Mansur, representing the media houses, told the bench that the High Court Judge, David Majanja, erred by ruling that they were not entitled to digital licenses and frequencies, even after a government task-force recommended that existing media houses be considered in the issuance of the permits.

“Justice Majanja went against constitutional provisions that guarantee media freedom,” said Mansur.

He added that the judge misinterpreted the law on media freedom by dismissing the petition challenging the switch from analogue to digital broadcasting.

The three media houses which include Royal Media services, Nation Media Group and Standard Group, want the court to compel the government to issue them with independent content distribution license a move which the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology has declined.

The Court of Appeal has continued to hold digital migration until the case is determined. 

The media houses’ lawyers had on Friday argued that their clients were not opposed to the digital migration but were opposed to their content being distributed by a third party.

Communications Commission of Kenya has maintained that the signal service provisioning market is a regulated subsector of broadcasting where the government controls the number of players who could participate in it.

The government commenced by licensing signet and later introduced Pan Africa Network Group Co. Ltd to compete with SIGNET since the market was rife for competition.

The hearing into the case which is expected to have an impact on digital migration in the country, continues on Tuesday.

– CAJ News

For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page!


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
George Vodongo
Al Shabaab attack Mandera hotel, ...

A total of 33 non-locals were in the hotel when the assault was launched.  Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
4 ways to handle your cheating ma...

He is cheating. How do you handle him?

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Why do men choose second wives?

Why do men choose to have second wives?

Submitted by
Eugene Odanga
Wizkid set for twin Kenyan shows

Wizkid is back in Kenya. For two shows.

Submitted by
Eugene Odanga
Udada women's festival begins in ...

The Udada women's festival has arrived in Nairobi.

Submitted by
Uhuru pardons 2747 death row conv...

President Uhuru Kenyatta has pardoned a number of death row convicts, sending them to life sentences instead. Read more...