State must as­sure jour­nal­ists of their se­cu­rity and rights

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

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.


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