Attack on journos by police shows rising impunity
Media has a role to inform the public on current issues in both private and government sectors. Journalists could decide what to report and what not to. This obviously determines the trending stories that are published. Despite assurances of protection by government officials, journalists continue to face police harassment and intimidation. It’s sad that both their efforts and sacrifices aren’t appreciated. Only last week, riot police blatantly beat up journalists covering an anti-corruption protest at Uhuru Park. They turned their guns on journalists, who were only armed with their notebooks, cameras and pens, leaving them to scamper for safety. The manner in which the journalists were teargassed could as well be a manifestation of level of impunity the government operates with. What is the direction this country is taking, if journalists are not guaranteed the freedom to work?
JANE KENDI Via email