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Court orders Mazeras transmitters switched off, NTV,KTN, CTV under probe over illegal transmission







A court has ordered that the Mazeras transmitters belonging to Royal Media Services, Nation Media Group and Standard Group be switched off immediately.
The order follows the Communication Authority’s request, through the DPP, to search and seize any radio communications equipment used in the illegal transmission of analogue signals.
The CA is investigating the three media houses over illegal transmission, Assistant DPP Alexander Muteti told the Mombasa court on Friday.
“The respondent continues to transmit from the said analogue television channels and transmitters contravening the broadcast regulations,” Muteti said.
He said they defied a notice to stop using the transmitters, issued on December 10, 2014.
He added that the CA wrote to the media houses on February 24, informing them of the repossession of the analogue frequencies.
They refused to surrender them and continued using them, he said.
Muteti asked the court to grant the CA a search warrant for the transmission location in order to seize the equipment used.
He noted that the regulator is mandated with licensing and regulating information and communication, and managing frequencies.
Senior principal magistrate Richard Odenyo allowed the application as presented.
Citizen TV, NTV, KTN and QTV resumed broadcast a week ago through the self-provisioning Africa Digital Network.