In Summary
  • In January 2018, four journalists — while working on a story to highlight the tourism potential of Lake Turkana — were attacked and their equipment destroyed.
  • A few days later eight journalists who had been invited by Kanu party members for a press conference were attacked by a Kanu faction, injuring two and destroying a camera and a voice recorder.
  • Swift intervention by the Media Council of Kenya (MCK), Judiciary, politicians, Directorate of Criminal Investigations and media awareness programmes have increased their safety in the county.

Residents of Turkana County have vowed to protect and build a mutual relationship with journalists in the vast pastoral region to make reporting of issues affecting them easier.

The locals spoke on Saturday at Ceamo Hotel in Lodwar Town during a town hall meeting on 'Taking the Media back to the People', an initiative of the Kenya Editors Guild.

The forum was as a result of increased threats and attacks on journalists that were witnessed last year.

In January 2018, four journalists — while working on a story to highlight the tourism potential of Lake Turkana — were attacked and their equipment destroyed.

A few days later eight journalists who had been invited by Kanu party members for a press conference were attacked by a Kanu faction, injuring two and destroying a camera and a voice recorder.

INTERVENTION

Swift intervention by the Media Council of Kenya (MCK), Judiciary, politicians, Directorate of Criminal Investigations and media awareness programmes have increased journalists' safety in the county.

MCK training and media development manager Christine Nguku asked journalists to ensure they comply with mandatory annual membership renewal with the council to ensure professionalism, as she urged the public to always work with accredited journalists.

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