On Thursday morning, tens of journalists and other stakeholders gathered at Uhuru Park to protest recent cases of harassment against fellow journalists.
A few days ago, Kilifi-based ‘Standard’ journalist Joseph Masha died in mysterious circumstances in his Kiwandani home, Kilifi. Then just days later, journalists Julius Kariithi and James Mwangi were beaten up by security guards in Murang’a County as they covered protests at Kakuzi.
Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ) wants police to investigate two politicians from Coastal region in connection with the death of Joseph Masha, a journalist based in Kilifi County. A day before his death, Masha had a dinner with a Member of Parliament from Kilifi County in Mombasa to mend fences after frosty relations between the two. Masha’s family also claimed that a text message has been retrieved from his mobile phone from one Mabruk who asked “why are you frustrating me.”
We were busy but very shaky as we struggled to write the final stories for the Weekly Review. Most of the reporters and editors who later gained fame in other local and regional publications, had left the Weekly Review for greener pastures elsewhere, as the magazine struggled for breath and survival in a very volatile media market.
Under the headline, The Daily Nation announces that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has given Kenya Sh10 billion (about US0 million) for projects, with a bilateral agreement on the development of a special economic zone at Dongo Kundu in Mombasa County along the coast with a clause on the “protection of Japanese investments in Kenya”.
While the media industry has developed in terms of technology, infrastructure and capacity, the practice of journalism continues to be tainted by various unethical practices that could easily reverse the gains made in professionalising journalism.