, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 20 – The High Court has ordered Nation Media Group, Royal Media Services and Standard Media to stop airing an advertisement on their platforms advising consumers against purchasing GOtv set-top boxes for carrying their content without consent for 14 days.
The High Court says the injunction serves until February 2 when the issue will be heard.
“It is hereby ordered that the matter be and is hereby certified as urgent and service thereof dispended with in the first issuance,” the High Court ordered.
GOtv, a pay digital terrestrial TV provider controlled by MultiChoice sued the three free to air media houses over defamation following a row over content use.
The company state that the three media companies have been running an infomercial on their platforms advising consumers against purchasing GOtv set-top boxes for carrying their content without consent.
The three media companies hold that GOtv and StarTimes are infringing on copyright by broadcasting their content.
GOtv says that it is operating within the confines of the laws of Kenya according to a ‘must carry’ obligation imposed by Regulation 14 of the Kenya Information and Communications (Broadcasting) Regulations 2009, whose objective is to ensure that the public has access to information.
This comes as the country is working to beat the world June digital migration deadline.