Kenya High Court Annuls Ban on Gambling Ads

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The High Court of Kenya has annulled the recently introduced ban on gambling ads.

“The ban was null and void and was tainted with illegality, unreasonableness, and procedural impropriety,” Justice John Mativo said.

Fred Matiang’i, the Interior Minister of Kenya, announced late last month that number of new rules in connection with how betting and gaming products were to be promoted in the country would be introduced.

Under those rules, gambling operators would have been required to submit all their ads for approval from the Betting Control and Licensing Board. In addition, ads of gaming and betting products would only have been permitted between 10 pm and 6am. Social media and outdoor advertising would have been fully banned in the African nation. The new rules also banned celebrity endorsements.

On May 20, Justice James Makau ordered that the implementation of the new gambling advertising restrictions be paused.