Kenya / Africa

  

Six Kenyan journalists and press freedom advocates on their fears ahead of general elections 

Kenyans are preparing to head to the polls August 9 for a national election that is predicted to be tightly contested. Deputy President William Ruto is vying for the presidency against main contender Raila Odinga, a veteran opposition figure who nonetheless has the backing of the current President Uhuru Kenyatta.  In 2017, Kenyan journalists were harassed and detained while covering…

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CPJ joins letter calling on Kenya to ensure internet access is maintained throughout election

In a joint letter addressed to Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday, June 21, the Committee to Protect Journalists joined 51 other organizations calling on authorities to ensure free and secure internet access during the country’s upcoming general elections, scheduled for August 9. The organizations, all members of the #KeepItOn Coalition against internet shutdowns, note…

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Kenya police threaten to summon Citizen TV staff over investigation into illegal gun trade

Nairobi, April 22, 2021 – Kenyan police should cease harassing the Royal Media Services company and its Citizen TV broadcaster, refrain from summoning journalists for questioning, and ensure that members of the press can work without fear, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On April 20, George Kinoti, the director of the National Police…

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How U.S. copyright law and fake Gmail accounts were used to censor a report on gambling in Kenya

On February 4, Emmanuel Dogbevi turned to Twitter with a plea for help. He tagged press freedom groups and colleagues in a series of tweets, lamenting how allegations that he violated U.S. copyright law had prompted his news website to be taken offline.  Dogbevi told CPJ via phone that Ghana Business News, the Ghana-based website he edits,…

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Kenya Television Network cameraman Bonface Kirera Magana is seen outside a hospital in Kyumbi, Machakos county, where he and other journalists went to receive treatment after they were attacked at a local high school. (Image via Standard Group, used with permission)

Journalists assaulted, news vehicle burned at Kenyan high school

Nairobi, June 5, 2019 — Kenyan authorities should thoroughly investigate the attack on a Kenya Television Network news team at a Machakos county high school and hold the perpetrators to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Journalists and members of the civil society march for World Press Freedom Day on May 3, 2018, in Nakuru, Kenya. A Daily Nation journalist was assaulted and briefly abducted in western Kenya on September 3. (AFP/Suleiman Mbatiah)

Newspaper journalist assaulted and briefly abducted in Kenya

Nairobi, September 6, 2018–Authorities in Kenya should carry out a thorough investigation and bring to justice those responsible for the September 3 assault and abduction of Daily Nation journalist Barrack Oduor and the death of his source, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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The Parliament buildings in Nairobi, Kenya on May 2, 2018. Dinah Ondari and Anthony Mwangi, journalists with Kenya's People Daily newspaper, were criticized during a parliamentary session, threatened with being barred from covering parliament, and summoned by a legislative committee during the week of July 30, 2018, according to the July 31 Hansard, a verbatim report of proceedings in parliament. (Reuters/Thomas Mukoya)

Kenyan parliamentarians harass journalists following corruption allegations

Nairobi, August 3, 2018–Parliamentarians in Kenya should stop harassing journalists and allow them to report on the legislature without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Protesters march against government corruption in Nairobi on the 53rd anniversary of Kenya's independence on December 12, 2016. Kenyan authorities arrested blogger Cyprian Nyakundi on May 14, 2018, after his posts on alleged official corruption, and released him three days later. (AP/Ben Curtis)

Kenyan authorities arrest blogger after posts on alleged official corruption

Kenyan blogger Cyprian Nyakundi was arrested on May 14, 2018, on allegations of publishing “alarming” content about senior civil servants, according to court documents seen by the Committee to Protect Journalists. He was released on May 17 following the intervention of the director of public prosecutions, the blogger and one of his lawyers, Smith Otieno,…

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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta inspects an honor guard in Nairobi on May 2, 2018. CPJ calls on Kenyatta not to sign a cybercrime bill passed by Parliament. (Reuters/Thomas Mukoya)

Kenyan president should not sign cybercrime bill into law

Nairobi, May 10, 2018 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta not to sign into law a cybercrimes bill that was recently passed by the National Assembly because it will stifle press freedom.

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A Kenyan flag inside a car in the capital Nairobi, Kenya, October 29, 2017. According reports, police officers attacked reporters at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi while they were covering an opposition politician's return to the country. (Reuters/Siegfried Modola)

Kenyan journalists assaulted by police at Nairobi airport

Nairobi, March 27, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in Kenya to immediately investigate the assault of journalists by police at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi yesterday. According to media reports and journalists who spoke with CPJ, police officers attacked reporters covering an opposition politician’s return to the country, causing…

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