KENYA CORRESPONDENTS ASSOCIATION CALLS FOR ENHANCED SECURITY FOR JOURNALISTS AND RESPECT OF LABOUR RIGHTS

KENYA CORRESPONDENTS ASSOCIATION CALLS FOR ENHANCED SECURITY FOR JOURNALISTS AND RESPECT OF LABOUR RIGHTS

Press Statement;   For Immediate Release

Nairobi, Kenya: May 2, 2013

Kenya Correspondents Association (KCA) wishes to join the media fraternity in Kenya, the Eastern African Region and globally in marking the 2013 World Press Freedom Day being marked on May 3.

KCA notes with concern that the Kenyan media environment has over the last one year recorded increasing cases of threats to the safety and security of journalists and general disregard for their labour rights.

At least 25 journalists have reported various forms of threats to their security and safety in different parts of the country over the last six months. Some of these threats have been reported in the media and statements recorded with the police but a number of threats have remained less pronounced but serious enough to undermine the freedom of journalists in the performance of their duties.

The threats have been recorded from security agencies, state officials, political leaders and their supporters, drug traffickers and other actors, in the process creating a climate of fear and intimidation among journalists in the course of their work.

Entire press release here.(Word document)

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