Attacks on Kenyan journalists on the rise: Report

Attacks on Kenyan journalists have increased significantly in the last one year according a report released by  Article 19 Eastern Africa, a regional non-governmental organization.

The report made public Monday also indicts authorities for doing little in addressing cases of injustices committed to scribes.

According to a study by the organization about 65 journalists were attacked across the country between January and September this year and of these very few have been investigated and culprits brought to book. Henry Maina, Article 19 Eastern Africa Regional Director says governments must take the necessary steps to ensure that journalists are free to carry out their work, noting that determined assault on the media was undermining press freedom, and the safety and security of journalists.

The report themed Silenced and Intimidated; Attacks on Freedom of Expression in Kenya calls on the government to immediately initiate investigations and prosecution of all cases where journalists have been attacked or threatened.

The report came public barely a fortnight since President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the National Assembly to review controversial clauses in the Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Bill of 2015 which had sought to gag the media in covering  Parliament.

Elsewhere, Kenyans and security agencies have been urged to be vigilant and treat any terror information with the seriousness it deserves.

National Police Service spokesperson, Charles Owino, says the country has bled from numerous terror attacks and any threat information on the same should not be taken casually.

Owino says intelligence reports indicate that some  al-shabaab adherents  are plotting an  attack calling on security agencies and  the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious cases to authorities.

Police have been conducting a number of swoops on rag tag militia and a dozens of criminals have been arrested with police thwarting possible attacks on the Kenyan soil.

The North Eastern region including Wajir and Mandera have seen heightened vigilance with the Kenya Defence Forces and other security units managing to arrest people believed to be masterminds of terror activities in the country.

Only last week intelligence officers released a photo of one Mohammed Kunoh said to be running a terror cell in Wajir and on a recruitment mission.

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