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U.S.'s Tillerson says Kenya should not stifle media, threaten courts

NAIROBI, March 9 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday that he had shared his concerns with Kenya's president about the importance of democracy and said the government should not stifle the media and threaten the courts.

"We believe that there are actions that need to be taken in Kenya and that they need to correct certain actions like shutting down independent TV stations and threatening the independence of the courts," Tillerson told a news conference in the Kenyan capital.

(Reporting By Maggie Fick, editing by Larry King)