KTN’s Duncan Khaemba among 43 Kenyan journalists assaulted
Duncan Khaemba almost lost his life
A report released by civil society group - Article 19 - on World Press Freedom Day, shows that media freedom in Kenya is on the decline.
According to the report, most journalists who covered political issues, elections and protests were either physically attacked, arrested, denied access to areas, and/ or received other forms of threats.
"Article 19 recorded 94 incidents of violations against individual journalists and media workers, including bloggers as well as media houses. A total of 43 journalists were physically assaulted during the monitoring period and one received death threat," the report reads.
Mr Khaemba is one of the journalists who almost lost his life while covering the return of National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga into the country from his US visit.
He sustained a head injury and for six hours witnessed anti-riot police officers use live bullets to scatter the thousands of NASA supporters, who thronged the street to welcome Mr Odinga.
“I wanted to do a live report atop our truck when clouds of tear gas and water cannons flew in our direction. I witnessed police shoot dead a supporter. At this time, we were all scared and we flew off the truck,” he said.
Citizen reporter Francis Gachuri and NTV Cameraperson Jane Gatwiri were also attacked by NASA supporters during a press briefing on October 31, 2017.
The latest incident of attack was against KTN reporter Sophia Wanuna and Citizen’s Stephen Letoo, who were roughed up by GSU officer at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where they were covering the forceful deportation of Canadian-based lawyer Miguna Miguna.
In January 2018 alone, Article 19 recorded 30 cases of violation to journalists.
From the report, there were 11 cases of journalists arrested, 19 cases of threats, 15 instances where journalists were denied access and three cases of media shutdown.
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