CS Mucheru defends gov’t move to switch off tv stations

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Information and communications Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru says the government will not shy from switching off Media stations airing contents that threaten national security.

Appearing before the national assembly’s ICT committee, the cabinet secretary defended the move that was taken by the government saying it was in the interests of national cohesion.

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Mucheru discussed the cyber-crime bill as well as explain why three TV stations were shut down earlier this month.

Though the deliberations on the proposed cyber-crime bill were done in camera, the media was allowed to capture the government’s position regarding the shut down.

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Mucheru told MPs the three TV stations were switched off because broadcasting the mock swearing in of Raila Odinga was threatening the nation’s security.

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The cabinet secretary dismissed the notion that government was curtailing media freedom saying only three tv stations out 74 tv stations were switched off temporarily.

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MPs inquired over an alleged meeting between the executive and media editors held on the eve of the mock inauguration of Raila Odinga.

The CS denied of any knowledge of a meeting between editors and the executive saying the government was not interested in determining content for media.

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