5 February 2013

Kenyan Regulators Can Shut Down Broadcast Transmitters, Court Rules

Kenyan High Court Judge David Majanja on Monday (February 4th) ruled that the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) acted within the law when it shut down six broadcast transmitters owned by the Royal Media Service at the weekend, Kenya's The Standard reported.

A judge had issued a temporary order on Sunday, blocking the CCK from shutting down 11 more Royal Media Service transmitters, with a subsequent hearing scheduled for February 14th. Majanja declined to continue the injunction on Monday, allowing the CCK to continue its actions.

Majanja said the CCK acted within the law by obtaining warrants from a magistrate's court in advance of shutting down the illegal transmitters. The CCK said it intends to charge the owner of the Royal Media Service for illegally installing the transmitters, which compete with legal frequencies.

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