Kenya Editors Guild calls for probe after journalist roughed up by Dorcas Rigathi's security
The Kenya Editors Guild (KEG) has condemned the physical assault of a journalist by security officers attached to Second Lady Dorcas Rigathi on Thursday.
Mwangi Muiruri, who is attached to the Nation Media Group, was assaulted by the said security detail when he attempted to record a relief food distribution exercise led by the Second Lady in Gatanga, Murang'a County.
KEG President Churchill Otieno, in a subsequent statement, called for speedy investigations into the incident, adding that the officers should be brought to book for their actions.
"The Guild would like to condemn the attack against the journalist and call for investigation into the matter and action on the officers," said Mr. Otieno.
He went on to state that all journalists are constitutionally allowed to carry out their mandate to provide public service by informing citizens about important events and issues without any interference.
"Attacks against journalists amount to assault against constitutional guarantees of media freedom perpetrated by the presumed guardians of law and order," note the KEG boss.
"The Bill of Rights in the Constitution of Kenya is explicit on the entrenched right of the media to operate without hindrance, along with rights to freedom of expression and the right to receive and impart information granted to in Kenya."
Mr. Otieno similarly urged all persons that might be aggrieved by any recognised member of the media to report the matter to the Complaints Commission for appropriate action, instead of taking matters into their own hands.
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