Mombasa journalist beaten by police during anti SGR demos

Photographer Laban Walloga beaten by police during anti SGR demonstrations in Mombasa./COURTESY

Mombasa, KENYA: Mombasa Daily Nation Photographer Laban Walloga was on Monday beaten by police during the anti SGR demonstrations.

Walloga was part of media team covering the demos which have been taking place in the County following directive by government in August 2019 requiring cargo arriving at the port be transported by train to the Nairobi Inland Container Depot.

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Media Council of Kenya (MCK) has come out to condemn police attack on journalists saying they have received and addressed at least eight cases in the last few days.

“The Council is appalled by the behavior of some police officers who have taken to targeting journalists on the line of duty, instead of protecting them,” said MCK CEO David Omwoyo in a statement released to media houses on Monday.

The attack on the nation Media Photographer came barely a day after Inooro TV’s Robert Maina was beaten up and his equipment confiscated by a police officer from Njoro Police Station while covering demonstrations by Egerton University students in Nakuru County.

On Friday 10th January, Daily Nation’s Wanjohi Githae and KTN’s Brian Obuya were roughed up by police at Kilimani Police Station.

“MCK also wishes to draw the attention of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Independent police Oversight Authority (IPOA) to this matter with a view of facilitating justice for the journalists affected by the pending cases,” the statement continues to read.