Bloggers Association of Kenya, BAKE has raised its voice of cry to the Kenyan Government just a few days after the closure of some TV stations. The live coverage of NASA’s swearing-in ceremony on 30 th January, 2018 at Uhuru Park necessitated the closure of these main stations.
The Kenyan Government had earlier warned that the swearing-in ceremony was unconstitutional and would be punishable by treason. It is alleged that these Media Houses whose signals got switched off by the Communications Authority, C.A were allied to the opposition coalition.
C.S interior and Coordination of National Government Hon. Fred Matiang’i said that the live coverage of the event could be viewed as a way of overthrowing the legitimately elected and formed government as per the Kenyan Constitution.
BAKE has claimed the idea as outdated practice in the old dark days which became obsolete in the 1990’s during the wave of democratisation of African countries.
The Kenyan constitution article 34(2)(a) affirms that the state shall not exercise control over or interfere with any person engaged in broadcasting ,production or circulation of publication or dissemination of information by any medium.
In addition to that, part (b) adds that state shall not penalize any person for opinion or view or content of any broadcast, publication and dissemination.
Kennedy Kachwanya,Chairman BAKE viewed the idea as unconstitutional since the constitution grants the media freedom to cover information. He views that the rights of information to the Kenyans to have been interfered with.
The BAKE Chairman has also urged the Government to revisit its idea for the benefit of all the stake holders in the media industry.