Uhuru Kenyatta

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Kenyan parliament passes repressive media bill

October 15, 2015 1:16 PM ET

New York, October 15, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the passage late Wednesday by Kenya's national assembly of a bill that would impose a harsh fine or two years in jail, or both, for a journalist who is found...

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Mission Journal: Will Obama's visit boost hopes for press freedom in Kenya?

July 23, 2015 6:15 PM ET

President Barack Obama is expected to address a range of topics when he arrives in Kenya tomorrow. The Kenyan government says it plans to discuss security and trade, while opposition parties and civil society want good governance and human...

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Broken promises

July 15, 2015 12:01 AM ET

Introduction On April 18, two journalists arrived near a state-owned ranch in Tana River County in southeast Kenya to investigate residents’ claims that local paramilitary police had impounded a large herd of cattle for allegedly trespassing and were demanding bribes...

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Broken promises

July 15, 2015 12:01 AM ET

1. How media ownership and advertising curb critical reporting Attempts to control the media in Kenya date back to at least 1929, with transmission of the first radio signal by the British East African Broadcasting Corporation, which served the interests...

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Broken promises

July 15, 2015 12:01 AM ET

2. Media contend with lawsuits, restrictive bills, legal limbo Instead of passing new legislation in keeping with the new constitution’s guarantees for freedom of the press, the government has introduced a series of laws that undermine self-regulation and allow...

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Broken promises

July 15, 2015 12:01 AM ET

3. Critical journalists silenced by threats of arrest or violence Harassment of the press from official quarters does not begin or end with the passage of troublesome legislation. Journalists say they are routinely threatened, intimidated, and even attacked, and...

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Broken promises

July 15, 2015 12:01 AM ET

Sidebar: Press phobia By Argwings Odera Journalists with foreign media credentials are finding it increasingly difficult to gain accreditation for covering events involving President Uhuru Kenyatta....

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Broken promises

July 15, 2015 12:01 AM ET

Sidebar: Covering the International Criminal Court By Robert Wanjala When the International Criminal Court (ICC) began its investigations into the 2007-2008 post-election violence that killed over 1,000 people, it had wide public support. Kenyans desperately wanted to see justice for...

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Broken promises

July 15, 2015 12:01 AM ET

Conclusion The late political scientist Joel D. Barkan wrote in 2013: “Kenya is the anchor of eastern Africa and the region’s geopolitical and economic hub; conditions there determine the region’s stability, security, and prosperity.” Though Kenya’s 2010 constitution sought to...

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Broken promises

July 15, 2015 12:01 AM ET

Corruption, the government, and press freedom are frequent subjects for Godfrey "Gado" Mwampembwa, a political cartoonist in East and Central Africa. Gado, whose work appears in The Nation and other Kenyan and international newspapers, shares a selection of cartoons on...

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