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Who will defend Kenyan Journalists in Jubilee era?

07 January 2016, 14:38 Biko Rading

Journalist in Kenya especially bloggers are a worried lot under the Jubilee government that is working day and night to clip the wings of the media in the country.

The government has curved peculiar ways of ensuring that Kenyans do not get the information they need about the people they trusted with their votes to lead them.

Media houses that criticize the government will either find themselves not getting any commercial adverts which is the key source of revenue, or their junior reporters questioned by government agency forces who are keeping trail of each journalist in the country.

When Jubilee government came into power, they hired a team of bloggers likes of Dennis Itumbi to propel their PR strategy with a massive social media team that is ever ready to defend the government wrongdoings at all costs even if it means faking stories for the less informed in the society.

In every social gathering where journalist are, there are eyes watching what they say and what they plan to publish- this is so serious.

When the government does the right thing, I will write about it; when it fails I will also write about it. To me, that’s what is called journalism.

What breaks my heart is that most of the editorial teams especially from the big players in the industry are not standing up to defend their junior reporters who are being threatened left, right and center by government agents.

Today, I the arrest of Judith Akolo over a retweet makes me wonder whether we have professionalism in the entire police force. Since when did retweeting amount to crime? 

The  Media Council of Kenya has failed to protect journalists from the ruthless government machineries.

Who will save Kenyan journalist from Jubilee?

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