Journalists' demo paralyze business
14 June 2013, 14:29
Business activities and transport in Mombasa town were paralyzed for several hours after journalists demonstrated against what they termed as increased insecurity in their field of work.
The demonstrating journalists claimed that some of them have been harassed severally by police yet no action has been taken against the responsible officers.
They demonstrated from Uhuru Garden through Moi avenue to Urban Police station where they presented their petition to Mombasa OCPD Kipkemoi Rop.
In the petition, the protesters claimed that several journalists in the area have been hijacked by armed and unknown people in what they said was a move to intimidate them.
The demonstrating journalists from different media houses were joined by MUHURI officials who asked the government to act and safeguard the journalists as they are a very important element in the society.
Addressing the media during the demonstration, their spokesman Anthony Kitimo said that the issue of insecurity of their colleagues in Mombasa County was worrying because police were not acting as expected.
He said that security of journalists is their constitutional right just like any other Kenyans and so it should be granted, bearing in mind that they are entitled to be the voice to the voiceless in the society.
"Any move by some people in Mombasa to intimidate journalists will not silence us. We will continue with our duties of talking on behalf of those who cannot," he said.
The journalists blocked vehicles at Moi avenue round about creating traffic jam but police were dispersed when they tried to intervene.
When they presented their petition to Mombasa OCPD, the journalists asked for quick investigation of the cases of hijacking involving their colleagues.
They also asked for action against officers who allegedly harassed some journalists in the area.
Mombasa OCPD Kipkemoi Rop said that they will cooperate with journalists in the area as usual and ensure that their rights are not infringed.
"We have been working with you and we will continue working together," he noted.
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