Tom Rhodes of the Committee to Protect Journalists added to the growing concern saying, “It appears we are entering a downward spiral in terms of media freedoms in Kenya following Kimaiyo’s summonses to John-Allan Namu and Mohamed Ali over their Westgate mall coverage.”
“Kenya has a statutory Media Council designed to handle media disputes.
“The Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo should follow his nation’s procedures and settle any concerns through the council, not threaten with incitement.”
“Kenya’s robust press should not be targeted simply for airing the truth. Instead, the Kenyan police should be investigating the real criminals at Westgate, not the messengers,” said Rhodes.
Kimaiyo had said “it is very clear that there is limit” to media freedom.
“We are looking within the law very closely for those individuals who in one way or another might have committed crimes… that soon they would be apprehended and appear before the court, and face the consequences of this,” he said.
However, Kenya’s military chief Julius Karangi on Tuesday insisted officers did not loot, and took drinks from the supermarket only “to quench their thirst”.
Explaining the other goods taken, Karangi called it “sanitisation to ensure their safety”.