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Outrage as renowned TV presenter and blogger is arrested

24 January 2016, 16:11

Nairobi - Kenyans have reacted with outrage at the arrest of renowned TV Presenter and blogger Yassin Juma by Police.

Juma was arrested at his Donholm residence in Nairobi Saturday at 8pm by eight officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations DCI headquarters and was taken to the Muthaiga Police Station, The Daily Nation reports.

Detectives Sunday grilled the blogger and former NTV journalist over what he has been posting on the social media about the terror attack on a KDF camp in El-Adde, Somalia which left an unknown number of soldiers dead, the report adds.

Juma, according to the police, was arrested following his regular updates on his Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The Standard  though reports that Juma has been arrested for his anti government posts and not the Somalia attack.

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The report continues that Juma is not the first to be arrested for being critical of the government's activities and that others too have been arrested in recent times.

They site the plight of bloggers Robert Alai, Patrck Msafiri and Cyprian Nyakundi as prime examples.

Alai said he was summoned for grilling after he tweeted about the president. “They summoned me on Friday over a tweet I had posted on my timeline but I told them I will be there on Monday. I don’t know what they want but it seems you can’t criticise the government,” The report quotes him as saying.

Kenyans have begun an online petition to have Juma released, under the hashtag (FreeYassinJuma).

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