Kenyan journalists hold peaceful protests in Nairobi #JournalistsUnderSiege

Kenyan journalists hold peaceful protests in Nairobi #JournalistsUnderSiege

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A journalist holds a placard during the demos in Nairobi on 8th September 2016. PHOTO: ALBERT MWANGEKA.

Nairobi, KENYA: Journalists on Thursday held a peaceful protest march over the increasingly polarized, repressive and disconcerting working environment that has been witnessed recently across the country.

Drawn from different media houses in Nairobi, the journalists held a procession from the Central Business District to the DPP’s Office Keriako Tobiko; sending a petition to him so that investigations are made on journalist killings.

Early Thursday morning, journalists woke up to shocking reports of Dennis Otieno, a freelance journalist in Kitale, who was allegedly shot dead by three men armed with an AK 47 riffle.

The men are reported to have been on a mission to recover a certain photo from him and that they tried covering up the matter by trying to steal a TV set and a woofer, that were both abandoned within the compound before they escaped.

Police in Kitale are in the process of investigating matter.

Recently, a reporter with the Standard Newspaper based in Kilifi Joseph Masha, passed away in mysterious circumstances with reports implicating  an influential Kilifi politician having allegedly been behind his death.

READ ALSO: Standard Group Kilifi based journalist dies

According to UNESCO Advisory No.2016-28 , the rate of impunity for crimes against journalists remains extremely high worldwide.

The statement points out that 7% of crimes against journalists have been brought to justice and in Africa, only 5 of the 131 murders of journalists committed between  2006 and 2015 have been brought to court.

Additional reporting by Brian Osweta


Photos By Albert Mwangeka