Court Okays Live TV Coverage of Azimio Protests

Court Okays Live TV Coverage of Azimio Protests

The court has barred Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) Director-General Ezra Chiloba from blocking TV stations from airing live coverage of Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya protests.

Justice John Chigiti ruled on Friday, March 24 that the Katiba Institute petition against the Communications Authority of Kenya raised weighty issues on the alleged violations of media rights.

Katiba Institute had moved to court seeking to have media houses’ freedom of expression protected.

The judge said that TV stations across the country are free to air live the Azimio protests.

On Wednesday, March 22, Chiloba wrote to media houses, warning of possible consequences if they continued to air what he termed inciting content.

Chiloba said the TV stations that aired content that was likely to trigger violent behaviour were Citizen, K24, NTV, KBC, TV47 and Ebru.

Justice Chigiti directed the CA to file their responses to Katiba Institute within 14 days, from Friday, March 24, 2023.

The matter will come up for mention on May 10, 2023.