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Kenyan journalists harassed for exposing corruption, CPJ says

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) last week called on the Kenya members of parliament (MPs) to stop harassing journalists and allow them to report on the legislature without fear of reprisal.

The New York-based media rights group made the call after receiving reports that Dinah Ondari and Anthony Mwangi, journalists with Kenya’s People Daily newspaper, were criticised by MPs, and threatened with being barred from covering parliament.

Ondari and Mwangi, who were also summoned by a legislative committee, published articles on July 30 and July 31 that alleged that some MPs were taking and soliciting bribes from organisations and individuals they were supposed to be investigating.

People Daily is a privately-owned newspaper associated with the family of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“If members of the Kenyan parliament are serious about fighting corruption, then attempts to intimidate journalists into silence must be abandoned immediately,” CPJ sub-Saharan Africa representative Muthoki Mumo said in a statement.

“We urge MPs to stop trying to intimidate Ondari and Mwangi, and their colleagues with threats and investigations and instead allow them to freely do their work of covering the legislature.”

(CPJ, editing by Issa Sikiti da Silva, image by World Atlas)

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