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Kenya still a leader in Freedom of Press

12 March 2012, 15:47 Mercyline Khahukani

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Kenya has been ranked in the second position among the “top host Countries for exiled Journalists” in the world. Thanks to the  foreign reporters working  in the Country having fled harsh  environments back in their homelands.

A report early this week by the Us-based Committee to Protect  Journalists (CPJ) says that, Kenya like the US and the UK, is a preferred destination for journalists fleeing mistreatment, especially from Countries in Eastern Africa.

The US and UK lead in accommodation fleeing Journalists with 180 and 38 respectively according to the new survey. Other countries preferred by the persecuted Journalists are Sweden with 32 and Canada 29.

The CPJ consultant for Kenya Mr. Tom Rhodes say that, Kenya is a leader in freedom of press and professional conduct in the way they work.
In most countries like Uganda, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Rwanda, Investigative Journalism is considered a threat to development while Somalia remains the worst place for journalists on earth, the survey says.

The survey further stipulates that, at least 300 African Journalists have fled their countries for fear of violence and imprisonment in the past 10 years.

It is widely believed that most investigative Journalists in the region flee their countries because some donors try to shield their wrong doing from the press and involve Governments in tightening the screws.

The working conditions for Kenyan journalists has been improved by reforms in laws on the function of the media and the new constitution dispensation.

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