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Kenya Television Network cameraman Bonface Kirera Magana is seen outside a hospital in Kyumbi, Machakos county, where he and other journalists went to receive treatment after they were attacked at a local high school. (Image via Standard Group, used with permission)

Journalists assaulted, news vehicle burned at Kenyan high school

Nairobi, June 5, 2019 — Kenyan authorities should thoroughly investigate the attack on a Kenya Television Network news team at a Machakos county high school and hold the perpetrators to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Journalists and members of the civil society march for World Press Freedom Day on May 3, 2018, in Nakuru, Kenya. A Daily Nation journalist was assaulted and briefly abducted in western Kenya on September 3. (AFP/Suleiman Mbatiah)

Newspaper journalist assaulted and briefly abducted in Kenya

Nairobi, September 6, 2018–Authorities in Kenya should carry out a thorough investigation and bring to justice those responsible for the September 3 assault and abduction of Daily Nation journalist Barrack Oduor and the death of his source, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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The Parliament buildings in Nairobi, Kenya on May 2, 2018. Dinah Ondari and Anthony Mwangi, journalists with Kenya's People Daily newspaper, were criticized during a parliamentary session, threatened with being barred from covering parliament, and summoned by a legislative committee during the week of July 30, 2018, according to the July 31 Hansard, a verbatim report of proceedings in parliament. (Reuters/Thomas Mukoya)

Kenyan parliamentarians harass journalists following corruption allegations

Nairobi, August 3, 2018–Parliamentarians in Kenya should stop harassing journalists and allow them to report on the legislature without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Protesters march against government corruption in Nairobi on the 53rd anniversary of Kenya's independence on December 12, 2016. Kenyan authorities arrested blogger Cyprian Nyakundi on May 14, 2018, after his posts on alleged official corruption, and released him three days later. (AP/Ben Curtis)

Kenyan authorities arrest blogger after posts on alleged official corruption

Kenyan blogger Cyprian Nyakundi was arrested on May 14, 2018, on allegations of publishing “alarming” content about senior civil servants, according to court documents seen by the Committee to Protect Journalists. He was released on May 17 following the intervention of the director of public prosecutions, the blogger and one of his lawyers, Smith Otieno,…

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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta inspects an honor guard in Nairobi on May 2, 2018. CPJ calls on Kenyatta not to sign a cybercrime bill passed by Parliament. (Reuters/Thomas Mukoya)

Kenyan president should not sign cybercrime bill into law

Nairobi, May 10, 2018 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta not to sign into law a cybercrimes bill that was recently passed by the National Assembly because it will stifle press freedom.

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A Kenyan flag inside a car in the capital Nairobi, Kenya, October 29, 2017. According reports, police officers attacked reporters at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi while they were covering an opposition politician's return to the country. (Reuters/Siegfried Modola)

Kenyan journalists assaulted by police at Nairobi airport

Nairobi, March 27, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in Kenya to immediately investigate the assault of journalists by police at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi yesterday. According to media reports and journalists who spoke with CPJ, police officers attacked reporters covering an opposition politician’s return to the country, causing…

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NTV employees in the station's Nairobi studio on January 19. Kenya is ignoring a court order suspending a broadcasting ban on NTV and three other stations. (AFP/Simon Maina)

Kenyan government ignores court order over broadcasting ban

New York, February 2, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Kenyan government to obey a court order suspending a broadcasting ban on four privately owned television stations. A high court yesterday ordered the government to lift the ban on Citizen TV, Inooro TV, NTV, and KTN News, for 14 days while a…

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Kenya's opposition coalition leader Raila Odinga holds a bible as he declares himself the 'people's president' in Nairobi on January 30. Authorities cut the transmissions to four broadcasters over their attempted live coverage of the event. (AFP/Patrick Meinhardt)

Kenya cuts TV transmissions over live coverage of opposition’s Odinga

Nairobi, January 30, 2018–Authorities in Kenya should immediately allow four privately owned television stations to resume broadcasting, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Officials from the broadcast regulator the Communications Authority, accompanied by police, switched off transmitters today while the stations were broadcasting live coverage of an opposition party event in the capital, Nairobi,…

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A man throws a stone on a burnt car during clashes in Kisumu on November 20 over Kenya's Supreme Court ruling on the country's election. (AFP/Brian Ongoro)

CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering Kenya’s election ruling

Journalists covering the result of Kenya’s contested elections should be aware of the risk of unrest and violent protests. The Supreme Court on November 20 upheld incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory over opposition candidate Raila Odinga in last month’s repeat election, according to The New York Times. Odinga said he will not accept the result of…

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Residents pass a burning barricade in Kibera, Nairobi, on October 25, the day before presidential re-elections are held. Journalists covering the vote should take safety precautions. (AFP/Marco Longari)

CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering Kenya’s repeat election and unrest

The risk of unrest and violent protests in Kenya has increased after the country’s electoral commission announced that repeat elections will be held on October 26. The order came after Kenya’s Supreme Court annulled the result of an election in August that kept President Uhuru Kenyatta in power.

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