Nation Media group journalist kidnapped

Journalists have condemned the alleged attack on Nation Media Group correspondent, Barrack Oduor who is reported to have been injured after jumping out of a moving vehicle.

Through their unions, the Kenya Correspondent Association (KCA) and Kisumu Journalists Network (KJN), the scribes have asked police to expedite investigations in the matter and bring the suspected abductors to book.

The KCA Chairman Oloo Janak and KJN chairman, Dickson Odhiambo described the attack as unfortunate.

Janak said the act is an intimidation of the media.

We condemn attempts by groups of individuals who want to intimidate journalists. It is wrong to fight the messenger, he said.

KCA said Homa Bay County where Oduor is based has reported increased cases of journalist intimidation.

Speaking on phone on Tuesday, Janak said several pressmen have reported cases of unknown people threatening their lives.

The threats are contributed by the reports and stories on corruption within the government, he said.

Earlier this year, Oduor and other journalists from various media houses based in Homa Bay county were assaulted and their gargets broken when they went to cover a story at the County Assembly.

George Odiwuor of People Daily had his camera lens broken by police officers who said they were working under orders from assembly leadership.

Journalists have now called on the KCA to protect them against intimidation and threats.

We expect cases of threats to reduce but we see the opposite. More journalists are intimidated every day. KCA should intervene on this, they said.

Other journalists have called on the Media Council of Kenya (MCK) to find a solution on threats that journalists face.

On most occasions, MCK have held meetings with journalists who have been intimidated but we have never seen the fruits of such gatherings, they claimed.

Meanwhile, police are going on with the search for a lady who was in the company of Oduor when he was abducted.

Contacted for comment, Homa Bay County Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss Daniel Wachira said they are trying to trace where the lady who was identified as Sharon might be.

Oduor was allegedly abducted when he was meeting his source in Rongo Town in Migori County yesterday at around 8.00 pm.

He said unknown people tried to strangle him which prompted him to jump out of a speeding vehicle at Kadel trading centre on the Homa Bay-Kisumu road at around 11..00 pm

He is currently undergoing treatment at Aga Khan hospital in Kisumu.

Source: Kenya News Agency