Columnists’ Joint Resignations Raise the Alarm About Kenya’s Besieged Media

Journalists run away from a cloud of tear gas that was fired by Kenyan security forces to disperse a convoy of Kenyan opposition officials, Nairobi, Kenya, Aug. 12, 2017 (AP photo by Jerome Delay).
Journalists run away from a cloud of tear gas that was fired by Kenyan security forces to disperse a convoy of Kenyan opposition officials, Nairobi, Kenya, Aug. 12, 2017 (AP photo by Jerome Delay).
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Editor’s Note: This article is part of an ongoing series about press freedom and safety in various countries around the world. This week, eight leading columnists from Kenya’s largest media house, the Nation Media Group, resigned in protest of government interference and what they called a “loss in editorial independence.” The resignations come amid increasingly restrictive measures placed on the media by the administration of President Uhuru Kenyatta, including its controversial decision to shut down Kenya’s top three television stations in January for covering the shadow presidential inauguration of opposition leader Raila Odinga, in defiance of the government’s demands. In […]

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