Journalists call for protection amidst rising assault and murder cases

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Hundreds of journalists across Kenya staged demonstrations on last Thursday calling for protection against attacks after recent assault on reporters while on duty.

cr0m6xqweaausnvThis came in the wake of recent harassment and killings of their colleagues while they were in the line of duty.

In Nairobi, the Journalists congregated at the freedom Corner where George Morara a commissioner at KNHCR assured the journalists that their pleas will be checked into.

The Journalists presented the petitions to the relevant authorities, the journalists in the capital Nairobi presented petitions to parliament, the police chief and director of public prosecutions.cr0m6xkwiaadf41
However The DPP refused to address the Journalists. This upset the journalists who had sent their representatives to summon him and they vowed to keep fighting until their concerns were addressed.

They then proceeded to parliament Among the victims of attacks sparking the demonstration includes journalist Joseph Masha who died two weeks ago of suspected poisoning after a meeting with a politician.

The Kenyan journalists union has called for an investigation into his death. A freelance photographer Dennis Otieno was killed on last week Wednesday night by three assailants at his home in Kitale, Trans Nzoia county. His wife said the attackers demanded for a certain photograph he had taken before they shot him.

About half a dozen other journalists were beaten by the security of politicians for taking pictures while others were stopped from performing their duties.
Last year, Kenyan journalist and newspaper editor John Kituyi was shot dead at his home by unknown assailants.

Investigations are still ongoing and no one has been prosecuted. The demonstration have been taking place concurrently in counties nationwide.

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