Two Kenyan journalists were on Saturday attacked and robbed during a political event held In Nairobi’s Mathare area.
The scribes’ vehicle was seized by the supporters of ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi and Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja.
Reports indicate that the politicians’ supporters demanded money from the journalists. When they showed they did not have any money, they were attacked and robbed of equipment and personal equipment.
The incident has been condemned by the Media Council of Kenya (MCK), led by Chief Executive Officer David Omwoyo. The Council warned the public members against meting violence on journalists.
“We would like to caution members of the public against attacking journalists as this is a severe violation of freedom of expression, media freedom, and access to information as provided for in the Constitution.
“Journalists are messengers and should not be targeted for attack from any quarters. The Council takes this matter seriously,” said Mr. David Omwoyo.
Mr. Omwoyo asked the police to speed up the investigations to bring the perpetrators to book.
The attack came just a few days after two women were reported to have drugged and robbed journalist equipment worth $3000.
Police reported that the women had booked a photoshoot with the journalist but turned against him once the set was ready.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.