The ban on live media coverage will remain in force until calm is restored, the Kenyan Government has said, write James Ratemo and Elizabeth Mwai in The Standard.

Information PS, Dr Bitange Ndemo, said the embargo was to ensure that the public was "not fed with statements or actions that could fan the tension in the country".

"We want the media to be responsible and air material that is not injurious to peace, especially at this time of heightened tension," said Ndemo.
He added: "If media stations have technology to review and edit real-time material before airing, then the Government has no problem, but we do not want to have irresponsible reporting as already experienced in most FM radio stations."

A showdown is expected in the Parliament as Orange Democratic Movement MPs have vowed to take seats preserved for the Government side.
Asserting the Government’s position on the ban at a media forum to review the political impasse in the country, Information and Communication minister, Mr Samuel Poghisio, said the move to suspend real-time coverage was aimed at curbing "the inciting nature of some political pronouncements like were being made on December 30".

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