MCK says 25 local, foreign journalists attacked during Azimio demos
The Media Council of Kenya (MCK) has
criticized continued attacks against journalists since the start of the opposition
anti-government demonstrations last week.
in a statement issued on Thursday evening, raised concerns saying that at least
25 journalists have so far been attacked by both the police and protesters
since March 20.
council underscored that this week alone, 20 cases of such violations against
pressmen merely doing their jobs were reported on Monday and Thursday.
2023 remains the darkest month for Kenyan media since the clamour for
multiparty democracy. We have so far documented 25 cases of attacks on local
and foreign journalists at the hands of State and non-State actors since the
onset of the demonstrations,” MCK said in the statement.
Monday, 27th March 2023, the first day of the demonstrations this week, the
Council documented 20 cases of attacks, harassment and arrests. Today the
number has risen to 25, with some of those affected suffering serious bodily
council highlighted that most incidents affected camerapersons in what it
termed as a plot to destroy any evidence of unlawful acts by perpetrators
captured on photo/video.
most targeted are camerapersons and photographers who have been targeted by the
perpetrators of acts of hooliganism and criminality whose interest is to
destroy any evidence of their acts captured on camera,” noted MCK.
therefore cautioned all State and non-State participating in the demonstrations
against such acts reiterating that the key role of the press is to inform the
are not contestants in the current political processes and it is an
unwarranted, gross violation of human rights and an impediment to democracy to
target them while knowing they have a duty to inform the public on such matters
of public interest,” noted MCK CEO David Omwoyo.
council hence called on relevant investigative bodies to probe the cases,
further urging media people to don protective gear and assess different risks before
going to the field.
council calls upon the DPP to order urgent investigations to end this impunity
against journalists. The Media Complaints Commission is legally mandated to
handle any grievances against the media and we encourage all to report any
complaints to the Commission,” added the statement.
encourages editors and reporters preparing for assignment to prioritise risk
assessment while in the field including boarding politicians’ vehicles and
wearing appropriate safety gear for protection.”
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