Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Kenya locks down the media

President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the ICT legislation that formalizes restrictions and penalties on unapproved reporting, broadcast license authorizations, and the production and content of news programs.

Reporters Without Borders (an international press NGO) is "stunned".

Moreover, the Kibaki administration signed the law over the protests of his Prime Minister (and supposed power-sharing partners) in the Orange Democratic Movement opposition, stoking fears that they are being ignored by the regime. The ODM is holding crisis talks to consider a course of action.

Given that the election violence killed ~1,500 people and displaced hundreds of thousands more in a battle drawn strictly along tribal lines, a collapse of the power-sharing agreement bodes only for the worst.

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