DPP To­biko snubs protest­ing scribes

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics General -

DPP Ke­ri­ako To­biko yes­ter­day snubbed jour­nal­ists and re­fused to ac­cept their pe­ti­tion con­cern­ing the ha­rass­ment and killing of scribes.

The group, un­der the Um­brella of ScribesKenya – a net­work of jour­nal­ists across all plat­forms – had marched to the DPP’s of­fice to present the pe­ti­tion.

They sent five rep­re­sen­ta­tives – from KTN, Cit­i­zen, NTV and two free­lancers – to ask him to come down­stairs and ad­dress them, but To­biko asked them to only se­lect two rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

But the jour­nal­ists in­sisted on the DPP talk­ing to them as a group and asked the rep­re­sen­ta­tives to re­lay the mes­sage. To­biko then re­sponded that they were be­hav­ing like a baraza and he could not lower him­self to ad­dress them.

“I can­not ad­dress a baraza. I have bet­ter things to at­tend to,” To­biko said.

There have been sev­eral cases re­lated to killing of jour­nal­ists in re­cent days.

The scribes were protest­ing against ha­rass­ment, as­sault, in­tim­i­da­tion and threats. This comes as a Ki­tale-based free­lance jour­nal­ist, Den­nis Otieno, 26, was shot dead when three peo­ple in­vaded his home at 11pm on Wed­nes­day.

Jour­nal­ists are call­ing for pro­tec­tion and lob­by­ing on so­cial me­dia us­ing the hash­tag #Jour­nal­ist­sUn­derSiege.

Sev­eral cases of at­tacks on jour­nal­ists have been re­ported and the Me­dia Coun­cil last month asked the DPP to pros­e­cute politi­cians who as­sault scribes.

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