Govt Has Threatened to Shut Us Down - KTN News

An image of KTN News studios along Mombasa road.
An image of KTN News studios along Mombasa road.
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Standard Group's KTN has reported that the government has threatened to shut them down.

Through an announcement during their live coverage at 4:09 pm, it was announced that there were threats to shut down the media house based along Mombasa Road.

The media house did not detail the specific office or the individual who had threatened to shut them.

However, it was noted that the threats emerged as a result of the live coverage of the Tuesday protests.

KTN announcing threats of a shut down on June 25, 2024.
KTN announcing threats of a shutdown on June 25, 2024.

On the other hand, SG maintained that its journalists would continue with their work and inform the public of what was happening.

"We have received threats from the government of intentions to shut us down. 

"We would like to inform the public of our commitment to defend public interests and we shall not be cowed by any threats even as we continue to inform the public of the happening on the ground," the news anchor announced.

The anti-Finance Bill protests turned chaotic on Tuesday after some protesters accessed Parliament.

This caused authorities to repulse the protesters, leading to the death of some protesters. Human rights organisations have reported four deaths so far.

However, police were yet to confirm the deaths at the time of publication.

The Finance Bill 2024 was passed in the National Assembly on Tuesday after 195 MPs voted in favour of the Bill.

The majority of the lawmakers who supported the Bill belong to the Kenya Kwanza faction.

Following the passage of the Bill,  President William Ruto is expected to assent to the Bill which introduced new tax measures.

One of the tax proposals included in the Finance Bill 2024 is the Eco Levy that will be imposed on finished imported goods.

Protesters have been against the imposition of new taxes owing to the cost of living that remains high for many Kenyans.

On the other hand, the government maintains that it needs to collect taxes to implement developments projects and build the country.

MPs in Parliament during the Budget 2024 reading.
MPs in Parliament during the Budget 2024 reading.
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