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Government remains silent on day two of media shutdown

The leading TV stations in Kenya remained off air for the second day running on Wednesday, a day after government switched them off under controversial circumstances.

On Tuesday, the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) shut down transmission of three privately owned stations namely, NTV, Citizen TV and KTN.

The crackdown is said to have targeted broadcasters who defied a State House directive not to air live the swearing in of Raila Odinga as ‘People’s President’ at Uhuru Park.

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However, by 10am on Wednesday, the situation had not normalised, 17 hours after the Nasa swearing in ceremony.

This even as the affected stations, which cumulatively attract about 80 percent of the audience, resorting to live streaming their news and programs.

Meanwhile, the government has remained tight-lipped on the matter, even as millions of viewers country now able to watch only two free to air channels KBC and K24.

The subject has, meanwhile continued to draw mixed reactions from Kenyans on social media.