A judge in Kenya has given orders suspending the government shutdown of the three major private TV channels.
The court has also ordered the state not to interfere with the operation of KTN, NTV, and Citizen TV pending a full hearing.
The stations’ signals were switched off Tuesday because they aired a rival “swearing-in” ceremony of opposition leader Raila Odinga as the “people’s president.”
The petitioner, human rights activist Okiya Omtata, wants the shutdown declared unconstitutional, and the media houses compensated.
The three stations command nearly two-thirds of Kenya’s TV audience.
Kenyans have been fuming at their inability to watch news and their favorite programmes for the past three days.
The affected media companies have suffered losses estimated to be in the millions of dollars.
The TV stations depend on advertising, so they could not make money for the period they were off air.
Mr Omtata asked the government to pay for the financial losses Citizen TV, KTN and NTV have suffered.
The growing importance of social media was already hurting their traditional advertising revenues streams, forcing the three companies to lay off hundreds of workers in the past year to balance their books.
The Kenya government wanted the stations to remain shut indefinitely as police investigate politicians and journalists for their role in Tuesday’s ceremony.