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Three Editors Charged with Incitement, Released on Bail

June 30, 1990

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) _ A court has released on bail three newspaper executives who pleaded innocent to charges of publishing information likely to cause ″fear, alarm and despondency.″

Magistrate Omondi Tunya set bond Friday at $2,100 and ordered acting editor-in-chief Mitch Odero, Sunday editor Francis M. M’Thaiya, and deputy managing director Githui Muhindi, all from the Standard newspaper, to return for a hearing July 13.

The three were charged Thursday after being arrested at the newspaper’s Nairobi offices. They were released overnight on their own recognizance.

The charges stemmed from a Standard report on Sunday and a follow-up story Monday suggesting a city commission employee died during a violent eviction operation in a Nairobi slum and was clandestinely buried.

The prosecution said the reports were ″untrue and likely to cause fear, alarm and despondency to the public.″

Officials, including President Daniel arap Moi, have vehemently denied anyone died in the May 25 eviction and have accused those saying so of trying to discredit the government.

The Standard is the oldest newspaper in Kenya and is owned by the London- based Lonrho multinational.

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