The Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) says six (6) TV stations violated the regulator’s set standards in their live coverage of the Azimio-led protests on Monday.
According to CA’s Director-General Ezra Chiloba, the TV Channels aired images likely to cause either panic or incitement.
“The Authority has established that at least Six (6) TV stations, namely, Citizen TV, NTV, K24, KBC, TV47 and Ebru TV, provided coverage in a manner that violated the Programming Code,” Chiloba’s statement reads in part.
“The coverage depicted scenes that could cause panic or incitement to the public, threatening peace and cohesion in the country,”
In addition, the communication regulator threatened to revoke operating broadcast licences if any broadcaster violates the rules again.
“Failure to adhere to the outlined obligations shall be acting in breach of licence conditions, which shall attract liability under relevant provisions of revocation of broadcast licence and broadcast frequencies,” he says.
“While the Authority promotes freedom of the press, it is imperative that all broadcasters exercise caution in Live Broadcast Coverage in order to avoid scenes that would be detrimental to peace and cohesion.”
CA has outlined the following obligations for all broadcasters.
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