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Kenya issues stern warning to int'l media

2013-01-30 16:42

Nairobi - Kenya's government spokesperson appeared to make a veiled threat against international journalists while announcing a tough stance on information deemed divisive surrounding nationwide elections on 4 March.

Government spokesperson Muthui Kariuki told a gathering of international reporters on Wednesday that the government will summon journalists who publish stories that have a polarising effect. He did not say what action would then be taken.

Kariuki told the journalists: "We will set you on fire before you set us on fire." He said the media and pollsters were the catalysts of violence that rocked Kenya following a disputed presidential vote five years ago.

More than 1 000 people died and 600 000 were driven from their homes following the December 2007 vote. The government is seeking to prevent a repeat of violence during this year's election.