Kenya: Tillerson warns Kenya about repressing media

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressed his concern over the Kenyan government's treatment of the media, during a joint press conference with his Kenyan counterpart Monica Juma in Nairobi on Friday. Tillerson focused on the importance of democracy and said that the government should not restrain the media. He spoke in reference to an incident last January, when the Kenyan government shut... Еще down three television channels that had wanted to live-stream a symbolic presidential oath by opposition leader Raila Odinga. The government then defied a court order to turn them on again. «We believe that there are actions that need to be taken in Kenya and that they need to correct certain actions, like shutting down TV stations and threatening the independence of the courts», the US diplomat said. «I know Kenya takes these matters seriously. A free and independent media is essential to safeguarding democracy and giving all Kenyans confidence in their government», he added. Juma talked down the concern, stating that the January shutdown had been a «one-off incident» and remarked that only «three of more than tens of TV stations» in the country were affected. During the press conference, Tillerson congratulated Odinga and current Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta for having made a joint statement earlier in the day, vowing to bring the fractured nation together after months of tension. «Today both of these men showed great leadership in coming together in the agreement that they signed today», he said.

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