Journalists in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, have taken to the streets demanding that their safety be assured in the wake of the increased number of incidents of harassment targeting them.
In a petition presented to the office of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) here Thursday, the media fraternity called on the police to investigate the escalating cases of harassment and to bring the perpetrators to book.
The protest was organized following the recent mysterious death of Kilifi-based Standard Group journalist Joseph Masha, who collapsed and died at his home last Friday.
Barely a week earlier, another journalist, a freelance photographer, was fatally shot at in Kitale by a gang of unknown assailants.
An eye witness claimed three men armed with AK47 rifles attacked Denis Otieno at his residence in Bidii Estate in Kitale on Wednesday night killing him on the spot.
The protestors converged at Freedom Corner in Nairobi before proceeding to the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) building in a mission to present a petition to the Director of Public Prosecution, Keriako Tobiko.
The journalists failed in their attempt to get Keriako to address them even after two hours of waiting.
From the NSSF building, the protest proceeded to the office of the IGP. After it emerged that the IGP was absent, his chief of staff, Simon Kiragu, received the petition on behalf of the IGP, promising immediate action against those found culpable.
In Murang’a county in southern Kenya, the scenario was no different as regional journalists staged a demonstration in protest at the recent assaults against journalists in Kakuzi. The journalists camped at the county commissioner’s office demanding the arrest of guards who assaulted two journalists last week.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK