Raila Odinga

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Kenya's opposition coalition leader Raila Odinga holds a bible as he declares himself the 'people's president' in Nairobi on January 30. Authorities cut the transmissions to four broadcasters over their attempted live coverage of the event. (AFP/Patrick Meinhardt)

Kenya cuts TV transmissions over live coverage of opposition’s Odinga

Nairobi, January 30, 2018–Authorities in Kenya should immediately allow four privately owned television stations to resume broadcasting, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Officials from the broadcast regulator the Communications Authority, accompanied by police, switched off transmitters today while the stations were broadcasting live coverage of an opposition party event in the capital, Nairobi,…

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Information Permanent Secretary Bitange Ndemo has criticized the press in the past. (The Nation)

New challenges for local and foreign press in Kenya

Kenya has passed peacefully through its election period, but questions still hang over the legitimacy of presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory–as well as over the future of the country’s media coverage. During polling, challenges arose for both local and international media, and they have not subsided. For the foreign press, it is now unclear how…

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A supporter of Raila Odinga, a presidential candidate who was defeated last week by Uhura Kenyatta. (AFP/Jennifer Huxta)

In tense climate, Kenyan press can draw on solidarity

Amid a tense presidential election, Kenyans have avoided a repeat of the deadly violence that followed the vote in 2007, when half a million people were uprooted and more than 1,000 people were killed. Still, the situation today is fraught. Ethnic identity dominates the nation’s political divisions–and those same loyalties can undermine solidarity in the…

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