State must assure journalists of their security and rights
As human rights defenders, journalists play a critical role in enabling access to information on a variety of issues of public interest. However, with the increasing cases of threats and insecurity for journalists in their line of duty, the recently signed access to information law may simply remain an invalid dream for Kenyans. The government’s lacklustre action against those stifling press freedom is also worrying. If the trend continues towards the general election, it will be more difficult for Kenyans to vet their leaders and make informed choices at the ballot. Information is the bedrock of accountability and good governance. Thus, no other journalist should add to the statistics of unresolved mysterious deaths and disappearances. The government must urgently assure journalists and the general public of their safety and security, including freedom of expression.
BENARD OGOI Via email