Kenya / Africa

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Kenya court rules police unlawfully killed Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif

Kampala, July 8, 2024—The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes a Kenyan court’s Monday ruling that Kenyan authorities violated Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif’s right to life and that his death was arbitrary and unconstitutional. “CPJ welcomes the Kenyan High Court’s ruling that the 2022 killing of Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif was unlawful,” said Angela Quintal, head…

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Kenya security officers apprehend an activist protesting the high cost of living before government leaders proceed to the Kenyan Parliament to read the Government's Buget for the 2024/25 fiscal year in Nairobi, on June 13, 2024. Thousands of Kenyans have been protesting a proposed law under the budget that would significantly increase taxes. (Photo: AFP/Tony Karumba)

CPJ calls on Kenyan authorities to respect press freedom amid ongoing protests

Nairobi, June 25, 2024—Kenyan authorities must investigate reports of several journalists attacked while covering protests, desist from intimidating the media, and ensure reliable and secure access to the internet, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday. Thousands of Kenyans have taken to the streets several times since June 18 to protest a proposed law that…

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Journalist says Kenyan official threatened to kill him over report on ambulance shortages

Kampala, June 7, 2024—Kenyan authorities should credibly investigate reports that a government official threatened to kill reporter Douglas Dindi, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday. Dindi, who works with the People Daily newspaper, told CPJ that on May 20, David Alilah, Chief Officer of Medical Services in Kenya’s western Kakamega County, threatened to kill…

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CPJ calls for investigation of attack on 5 Kenyan journalists reporting a raid on Nairobi bar

Nairobi, January 8, 2024—In response to news reports that private security personnel assaulted and harassed at least five journalists covering a January 5 raid on a bar in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, by police and drug enforcement officers, the Committee to Protect Journalists has urged a transparent and immediate investigation. “Authorities should swiftly investigate assaults…

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Kenyan government minister Moses Kuria insults, threatens Nation Media Group

Nairobi, June 21, 2023—In response to Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Trade and Industry Moses Kuria’s derogatory remarks and threats of economic sanctions against the privately owned Nation Media Group, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “The vile insults and threats that Kenya’s trade minister Moses Kuria hurled at the Nation Media Group…

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CPJ, 14 organizations call on Kenyan authorities to expedite investigations into killing of journalist Arshad Sharif

CPJ and 14 human rights organizations and press associations issued a joint statement on Tuesday, May 2, calling on Kenyan authorities to expedite investigations into the killing of Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif and to ensure accountability in a transparent judicial process. In October 2022, Kenyan police said an officer fatally shot Sharif in Kajiado County…

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‘I am dying every day:’ Wife of killed Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif calls for justice

Justice remains elusive six months after the killing of prominent Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif in Kenya on October 23, 2022. Kenyan authorities claimed Sharif was shot dead by Kenyan police in an incident that shocked Pakistan’s media community and raised questions about whether his death was connected to his work. “This was a targeted killing,”…

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CPJ calls on Kenyan authorities to ensure accountability in attacks on press covering protests

Nairobi, April 5, 2023—Kenyan authorities should thoroughly and credibly investigate recent attacks on journalists covering protests and ensure that the perpetrators are held to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. Protests took place in parts of Kenya on three different days between March 20 and 30, led by the opposition Azimio la Umoja…

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CPJ calls for Kenyan authorities to ensure journalists can cover protests safely

Nairobi, March 31, 2023 – In response to journalists being harassed, attacked, and arrested while covering mass anti-government protests in Kenya since March 20, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement calling for authorities to take action to protect members of the press:  “Journalists covering the ongoing protests in Kenya are carrying out…

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Deadly year for journalists as killings rose sharply in 2022

By Jennifer Dunham/CPJ Deputy Editorial Director Published January 24, 2023 Key Takeaways | Methodology | 2022 Killed Data | Interactive Map | Video The year 2022 was deadly for members of the press. At least 67 journalists and media workers were killed during the year–the highest number since 2018 and an almost 50% increase from…

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