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Kenya press freedom rapidly deteriorating, rights group says

Rights group: Press freedom in Kenya being curtailed by government

Kenya press freedom rapidly deteriorating, rights group says

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A media rights group says that press freedom is deteriorating in Kenya through government legislation, threats and attacks.

The Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday that Kenya's constitution adopted in 2010 guarantees media freedom but since President Uhuru Kenyatta's Jubilee coalition took power in 2013 it had introduced several bills calling for harsh fines and jail terms for journalists.

The report says one law, currently suspended by the courts, could de-register journalists prevent them from working for not following vague principles such as "sticking to issues." The report says that journalists are being threatened, intimidated and attacked and alleges that the government is often the culprit.

The report said the power of advertisers to quash stories that may reflect negatively on them is another factor limiting press freedom.

Updated : 2021-09-25 05:46 GMT+08:00