Mombasa journalists hold demo against intimidation and killings

Mombasa journalists hold demo against intimidation and killings

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Journalists presenting a petition to Coast regional coordinator Nelson Marwa on September 21,2016.

Mombasa,KENYA:Hundreds of Mombasa journalists took to the street on Wednesday to protest against killings and harassment against their members.

Carrying placards calling for the end to violence against journalists, they marched to the regional coordinators office Mr Nelson Marwa to present a petition of their grievances.

The scribes decried threats to their profession and asked the government to act tough on persons intimidating journalists.

The protest follows the mysterious death of Joseph Masha, a standard group journalist based in Kilifi early this month.

Under #JournalistsUnderSiege, the scribes vowed to continue with the protest until their profession is respected.

“We as journalists must be accorded the respect we deserve. We are not quacks but trained professionals who have a right to live a dignified life just like any other human” they chanted.

The journalists also challenged the media council of Kenya which is mandate to regulate the industry, to fight for the rights of Kenyan scribes.

Speaking on behalf of the journalists, Moffat Mutero, a Mombasa based scribe, asked the council to ensure journalist adhere to the code of ethics instead of threatening them.

“Media council cannot claim that it was not aware some journalists in the newsroom engage in politics. Let the Media council put its house in order”, he said.

According to the journalists, the Media council has remained quiet even when they face harassment, discrimination and even death threats for their work.