The High Court has ordered the NTV to include sign language in its programmes in a case that could have major repercussions for broadcasters in the country.
Lady Justice Cecilia Githua directed the Nation Media Group-owned station to provide a sign language inset or sub-titles in all its news bulletin and all programmes of national importance by March 21, 2013.
The judge said that although NTV was a private entity, it relayed information to the public and therefore must abide to laws which would ensure the public, including the disabled, were not discriminated against.
“Section 39 of the Persons with Disabilities Act imposes an express obligation on all persons in the position of NTV to provide access to persons with hearing disability access to the information that they impart in their television programmes,” ruled Judge Githua.
The judgment is also likely to affect other media houses should the disabled challenge their failure to comply with Section 39 of the Disabilities Act.
The case was filed by Cradle, a non-profit making organisation