NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 23 – The Media Council of Kenya (MCK) has condemned increased cases of journalists being harassed, intimidated and physically assaulted while in the line of duty.
MCK Chairman Charles Kerich has raised concerns that perpetrators include police officers who are supposed to protect them.
This is after a Siaya County-based journalist was on Wednesday arrested by Administration Police officers alongside Usenge based human rights defender Rodgers Ochieng over allegations of incitement.
“Police brutality on journalists is unacceptable especially in the run-up to the General Election,” he asserted.
The journalist, Isaiah Gwengi suffered hand, neck and waist injuries and Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has since called for investigations over the matter, saying no one will be spared if found guilty.
“The duo had in February reported to the Bondo DCIO that their lives were in danger,” Kerich said.
“Any such move against a free media will deny Kenyans access to information, freedom of expression and should be condemned in the strongest terms possible.”
Kerich assured that the matter will be pursued until justice is delivered to the two victims.
The Kenya Union of Journalists has also shared MCK concerns.
The Political Journalists Association of Kenya urged the police to understand that journalists are mere messengers in the long process of news making.