At­tack on journos by po­lice shows ris­ing im­punity

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

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

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