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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering Kenya's election ruling

November 20, 2017 2:58 PM ET

Journalists covering the result of Kenya's contested elections should be aware of the risk of unrest and violent protests. The Supreme Court on November 20 upheld incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta's victory over opposition candidate Raila Odinga in last month's repeat election, according to The New York Times. Odinga said he...

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering Kenya's repeat election and unrest

October 25, 2017 5:12 PM ET

The risk of unrest and violent protests in Kenya has increased after the country's electoral commission announced that repeat elections will be held on October 26. The order came after Kenya's Supreme Court annulled the result of an election in August that kept President Uhuru Kenyatta in power....

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Kenyan journalists harassed, detained reporting on election violence

August 17, 2017 5:39 PM ET

Nairobi, August 17, 2017--Authorities in Kenya should credibly investigate incidents of harassment against journalists covering the aftermath of August 8's disputed elections and should reform Kenya's Firearms Act to lower the barriers on journalists' ability to wear protective gear, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Amid tensions ahead of Kenyan vote, journalists face violence and threats

August 7, 2017 12:52 PM ET

When a fight broke out during a political rally for Kenya's Orange Democratic Movement in Kakamega county on May 4, Shaban Makokha was taking pictures for his newspaper, the Daily Nation. Makokha told CPJ that when police arrived to break up the fight, they demanded that he stop taking...

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Kenya seeks to restrict political commentary on social media ahead of elections

July 5, 2017 4:27 PM ET

Nairobi, July 5, 2017-- Kenyan authorities should ensure that proposed social media guidelines do not prevent journalists from reporting critically or close the space for public debate ahead of general elections due to take place August 8, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Kenyan reporter detained for two days on bribery allegation

June 22, 2017 5:44 PM ET

Police in Nairobi on June 18 arrested Sunday Nation journalist Walter Menya on charges of soliciting a bribe of 55,000 Kenyan shillings (U.S.$531) to "write a damaging story in The Nation newspaper," according to a police statement. The amount he was alleged to have accepted was later changed to...

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Kenyan journalist threatened and assaulted

June 8, 2017 6:11 PM ET

New York, June 8, 2017--Kenyan authorities should credibly investigate and swiftly bring to justice those responsible for attacking and threatening Emmanuel Namisi, a broadcast journalist for the Royal Media group, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Fiscal Blackmail

April 25, 2017 8:16 AM ET

The Kenyan government withdraws advertising when newspapers step out of line By Alan Rusbridger In some parts of the world, it is still possible to silence a journalist with a sharp blow to the side of the head. But as newspapers the world over struggle with the financial disruption of...

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Journalist beaten by Kenyan police, told he 'cannot fight them with a pen'

April 10, 2017 12:22 PM ET

Kenyan police on March 22 threatened and assaulted Isaiah Gwengi, a correspondent for The Standard daily newspaper, according to the journalist and media reports....

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Kenyan court finds criminal libel laws unconstitutional

February 6, 2017 1:30 PM ET

New York, February 6, 2017--Today's ruling by Kenya's High Court that the country's criminal defamation law is unconstitutional is a welcome step toward safeguarding press freedom and free speech, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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