Kenya media feels the heat as state switches off top TV stations
Saturday February 3 2018
Tom Mshindi, (right) Nation Media Group Editor-in-Chief, George Morara and Henry Maina of Article 19 condemn the presence of police officers the Group’s offices on February 2, 2018. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP
The three stations — Citizen, NTV and KTN News — were switched off on Tuesday morning, when they started airing the opposition rally at Uhuru Park in the capital.
This marked the most vicious crackdown on media by the Uhuru Kenyatta administration, whose critics accuse of shrinking the media space.
The clampdown on the media by the Jubilee administration began in 2013 when Dr Matiang’i then Cabinet Secretary for Information and Communication, pushed through drastic changes in the Media and Kenya Communication Amendment Act to give the government more powers to regulate the media and punish journalists.