The High Court has on Wednesday September 23 ordered Nation Media Group to pull down the explosive ‘Covid-19 Millionaires’ story from their social media platforms pending the hearing of a libel case against them.
Megascope Ltd moved to court suing NMG and investigative journalist Dennis Okari for allegedly linking it to the KEMSA scandal thereby maligning the firm.
Justice Joseph Sergon on Wednesday morning granted the order applied for by Megascope and directed NMG to pull down the said story from their social media platforms pending the hearing of the case.
The investigative story that was also uploaded on NTV’s YouTube channel has so far amassed over 700,000 views.
Lawyer Njoroge Regeru for Megascope had sought Justice Sergon’s permission to grant them the order arguing that by the story continuously being on social media it damages his client’s reputation.
NMG lawyer Kiragu Kimani opposed the application to pull down the story stating the earlier order issued by the court for them not to carry any more stories on Megascope in relation to the scandal were sufficient.
He argued the court not to grant the interim order highlighting in the affidavit by Okari he documented how he carried out the investigative piece and also attached a senate committee report that he used in his story.
In a virtual hearing, Judge Sergon also allowed NMG and Okari’s affidavits that were filed late last evening to be part of the case.
Kimani apologised to court on the late filing stating that they have had a challenge locating Okari to sign the affidavits because he is in hiding.
The court heard that the NMG lawyers have had a hard time accessing the investigative journalist because since he is in hiding, he is the one to get in touch with them, not the other way round.
Regeru had asked the court not to admit the affidavits by Okari and NMG arguing that the allegations by media house were a deliberate way to delay the hearing. The case is set for mentioning on October 22.