Kenya

Media laws bring new challenges for press

From Benin to Belarus, the Committee to Protect Journalists records the proposal and passage of restrictive media laws. In Belarus, President Aleksandr Lukashenko signs into law rules to stifle online news and debate and block access to foreign websites. In Kenya, despite protests, right, a security bill to muzzle press coverage of terror attacks is passed. In Benin, parliament is due to vote on a media bill that threatens jail for journalists who insult the president and government officials.
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Alerts   |   Kenya

Journalists assaulted while covering protest in western Kenya

Police help protect protest organizers from a mob attack in the western Kenyan town of Kitale. (David Sirengo)

Nairobi, June 12, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an attack on Tuesday against four journalists covering a peaceful protest in western Kenya and calls on authorities to investigate the attacks and hold the assailants to account.

Alerts   |   Kenya

Kenyan editor murdered by unknown assailants in Eldoret town

The most recent issue of the Mirror Weekly in Kenya. (Media Council of Kenya)

Nairobi, May 1, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in the western Kenyan town of Eldoret to do their utmost to identify and prosecute the killers of journalist John Kituyi on Thursday.

Alerts   |   Kenya

Kenyan police assault journalists investigating corruption

Nairobi, April, 20, 2015--Two journalists were beaten by officers from Kenya's paramilitary police wing, the General Service Unit (GSU), at a cattle ranch in southeastern Kenya on April 18, according to news reports. Nehemiah Okwembah, from the privately owned daily Nation, and Reuben Ogachi, a cameraman for the privately owned station Citizen TV, were covering a story in Bombi, a village on the outskirts of the Agricultural Development Cooperation Galana and Kulalu ranch, 576km (358 miles) east of the capital, Nairobi.

Citizen TV cameraman Reuben Ogachi is taken to hospital after being attacked. (Jakob Elkana)

Using clubs and metal rods, about 15 GSU officers beat Okwembah and Ogachi before the officers' superior ordered them to stop, Okwembah told CPJ. Also injured were Tana River County Governor Hussein Dado's political adviser Abaroba Barisa, communication official Ali Wario, and a driver, news reports said. The journalists are receiving treatment at Aga Khan Hospital in the coastal city of Mombasa, Okwembah said. He told CPJ he had injuries on his legs, back, shoulders, and hands, and that Ogachi's right leg was broken. The Nation reporter will be discharged on Wednesday, but Ogachi will remain at the hospital for further treatment, he added.

April 20, 2015 4:06 PM ET

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Blog   |   China, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Kenya, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Africa, Turkey

After Charlie Hebdo attack, vigils, protests and publishing bans

Protests against the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo were held in Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Middle East and parts of Africa over the weekend, as crowds demonstrated against the magazine's portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad, according to news reports.

Blog   |   Ethiopia, Journalist Assistance, Kenya

Mission Journal: Ethiopian journalists must choose between being locked up or locked out

Journalists who fled to Nairobi over security fears perform a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony in one of the cramped apartments they share. (CPJ/Nicole Schilit)

A sharp increase in the number of Ethiopian journalists fleeing into exile has been recorded by the Committee to Protect Journalists in the past 12 months. More than 30--twice the number of exiles CPJ documented in 2012 and 2013 combined--were forced to leave after the government began a campaign of arrests. In October, Nicole Schilit of CPJ's Journalist Assistance program and Martial Tourneur of partner group Reporters Without Borders traveled to Nairobi in Kenya to meet some of those forced to flee.

December 29, 2014 10:01 AM ET

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Blog   |   Kenya

In Kenya, press curbed as government seeks to fight terrorism

Police arrest one of the protesters who gathered in Nairobi on December 18 to oppose the security bill. (AFP/Simon Maina)

The Kenyan press is being caught in the crossfire as authorities seek to strengthen defenses against terrorists. On December 19, Kenya's president signed into law a security bill that has the power to stop the press covering terror attacks. The government has also recently criticized the media over allegations that special units are carrying out extra-judicial killings, and a local journalist who reports on security issues has gone into hiding after receiving threats.

Alerts   |   Kenya

Kenyan journalist covering police detained, harassed

Justus Ochieng at the Central Police Station in Kisumu. The journalist has been threatened and harassed in recent weeks. (The Star)

Nairobi, November 4, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Kenyan police to stop harassing and threatening a journalist in Kisumu city, western Kenya. Last month, police threatened and briefly detained Justus Ochieng, a reporter for the privately owned daily The Star, in connection with a story he wrote that alleged criminal activity by police officers in the region, the journalist told CPJ.

Blog   |   Kenya, Security

Kenyan journalists, CPJ launch new initiative to improve security

Journalists take copies of the Kenyan security manual. (Zoe Mwende)

Today, the Committee to Protect Journalists in collaboration with local media organizations launched a journalist security guide and protocol designed specifically for the Kenyan press. The initiative stems from research conducted in 2013 by the same group of organizations, the Kenya Media Working Group, in light of acute and unique security challenges for the Kenyan press coming to light that year.

August 18, 2014 5:42 PM ET

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Impact   |   Brazil, Iraq, Kenya, Turkey

News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, May 2014

CPJ's Brazil report spurs government meetings on press freedom

CPJ board member María Teresa Ronderos and CPJ Senior Program Coordinator Carlos Lauría traveled to Brasilia this month to launch a new special report, "Halftime for the Brazilian press," and met with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, as well as other high-level government officials. CPJ also presented President Rousseff with the report's recommendations.

Brazil is home to a vibrant investigative press, but journalists are murdered regularly and their killers go free, CPJ's report found. Brazil is the 11th deadliest country in the world for journalists, and at least 10 have been killed in direct reprisal for their work since President Rousseff came to power, CPJ research shows. 

May 30, 2014 12:29 PM ET

Case   |   Kenya

Kenyan journalist in hiding after receiving threats

A Kenyan journalist working for the privately owned daily The Star went into hiding on May 7, 2014, two days after she received threats, she told CPJ. Lydia Ngoolo said she was told via a text message to stop writing about "us."

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