KCA want journalists' threats in Malindi investigated
06 July 2012, 11:33
The Kenya Correspondents Association (KCA) has vehemently condemned reported threats to journalist with Standard in Malindi over a story he wrote in a County weekly newspaper exposing foreign criminals hiding in Malindi a Kenyan Coastal.
Mr. Oloo Janak KCA chairman said in a statement that the association was so concerned over the threats to journalist in Malindi and called immediate investigations by the government into the matter and protection of the journalist.
“The threats to journalist are an affront to media freedoms and an attempt too to intimidate journalists to stop exposing criminal activities which may affect the security of the country and that can not be tolerated,’ noted Janak.
As far as reporting of issues of public interests is concerned the chairman stressed that No Kenyan or Foreign will be allowed to intimidate the media or threat journalists.
However Janak said Coast region is one of the regions which the association targeted in monitoring threats to the safety and security of journalists in the area.
“We want the government to launch investigations into the matter immediately and not only to the threats of the journalist but also the existence of and activities of the group reported to have infiltrated government administrative structures in pose as a security threat to journalists in the tourist town and country at large,” added Janak.
Meanwhile Malindi and Magarini Pastors Association and Malindi MP Gideon Mung’aro condemned the threats to journalist saying they amounted to intimidation to scare journalists from exposing the reality of things in the area.
They called the government to investigate the matter and challenged the Italian community in the area to name their countrymen engaging in criminal activities in the area instead of threatening journalists.
“If they are bitter about the story they should come out and give us those criminals because they know them and as much as we are concerned they should respect us. They should be singing our tunes and not coming here and start misusing our children and selling drugs here we want to be respected,’ said Bishop Thomas Kakala during a press conference.
The journalist, who has reported the matter to the local police said: “My life is in danger. I don’t know what they will do. I would like the government to provide security.”
In at interview with journalist in Malindi Paul Gitau said he had intelligence reports that a section of Italian business people in the town have reportedly met severally since the expose to strategize on how to deal with the him.
The town has for a long time been a favorite for Italian investors and tourists.
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