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Human Rights Watch condemns media shutdown in Kenya.

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The Kenyan authorities “violated the public’s right to information” by blocking broadcasts of TV channels that defied a ban on live coverage of the the symbolic inauguration of Raila Odinga as “the people’s president”, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Wednesday.

The human rights body released a statement that also highlighted the deteriorating human rights record of Uhuru Kenyatta’s government.

“Kenyan authorities have limited media coverage at a crucial time, and violated the public’s right to information,“said Otsieno Namwaya, a researcher for HRW, quoted in a statement. “They should immediately allow these media to resume their work.’‘

Kenyan media owners earlier released a statement saying they had been warned by
President Uhuru Kenyatta ‘not to broadcast’ the planned inauguration of Raila Odinga. They say the president threatened to “close down and revoke the licences of any media outlet that would broadcast live”.

On the day of the inauguration, some some channels defied this order, including three of the country’s main private news channels, Citizen TV, KTN News and NTV, whose broadcasts have since been switched off.

This blockade has been condemned by human rights organisations, including the Committee for the Protection of Journalists.

“Since 2013, when President Kenyatta was first elected, Kenya has been on a slippery slope with regard to human rights,” added the HRW statement.

“Government officials have intimidated, harassed and threatened media organizations, journalists and bloggers writing on sensitive topics,“said HRW. ‘‘In some cases, critical government journalists and bloggers have been physically attacked or killed.’‘

Following the inauguration of Raila Odinga as ‘the people’s president, the government has declared his ‘National Resistance Movement’ organisation a criminal group, paving way for possible prosecution of its members.

Kenyatta’s re-election in 2017 was accompanied by unrest that left 92 people dead, according to human rights defenders.

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Court ruling that upheld Tshisekedi’s election restores Internet in DR Congo.

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Internet was restored across the DRC on Sunday after the Constitutional Court’s affirmation of Felix Tshisekedi as president-elect.

The service was cut twenty days ago with the government defending the move as part of efforts to preserve national security. It was to avert the publication of unofficial results of the December 30, 2018 polls.



An RFI journalist covering the country also reported that the French broadcaster’s signal had been restored in the capital, Kinshasa after it was disrupted about three weeks ago without an official explanation.

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Meanwhile reports indicate that Tuesday January 22 has been slated as the day of investiture of the new president. Tshisekedi will take over from Joseph Kabila who has been president for the past 18 years.

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There are largely three possible outcomes according to legal experts seized with the issue. An affirmation, an annulment or a call for rerun of the polls.

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Nigeria: Hip Hop star Harrysong reconciles with E-money, Kcee

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Popular Nigerian singer, Harrison Tare Okiri also known as Harrysong has finally reconciled with his former label mate, Kcee, and boss, E-money.




Harrysong who declared that he will never bite the finger that fed him, wrote on Instagram, “I had a great time at my listening party yesterday and it gave me time to reflect as I watched my young bro Skiibii perform his hit song Sensima

The ‘Under the duvet’ crooner said he had to make peace with himself by resolving issues with those who made impact in his life.

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“Making peace with yourself begins with your ability to face your truth.

“My journey will never be complete without Kcee and Emoney you were part of the vessels that God used to change my story.

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“I appreciate you both, I was hurt and reacted at the time but regardless of what happened, I recognise the impact you made in my life.

“Never bite the finger that fed you my people…let love lead.” he concluded.

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