The Media Council of Kenya (MCK) has strongly condemned the assault of a journalist by Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, urging the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) to take action.
Sonko was on Tuesday captured physically assaulting a journalist at the EACC headquarters where he had been summoned to clarify information he gave that enabled him to vie for the gubernatorial seat two years ago.
“The Media Council of Kenya takes great exception by the harassment of journalists by Nairobi city governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko at the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission Headquarters in Nairobi on 5.11.2019,” read part of the press release, which also condemned the police who supported the assaults.
“The council notes with concerns that instead of protecting the journalists, the police deliberately lobbed teargas at the journalists in a bid to prevent the members of the press from covering the unfolding events. It is unfortunate that the law enforcement officers would support the harassment of Kenyans who are in pursuit of their work.”
The journalists who were assaulted were from include Citizen TV, Standard Group and Nation TV. The council called upon the DCI and DPP to investigate the circumstances surrounding the attacks and bring culprits to book.
“We wish to remind the perpetrators of the violence that press freedom is a right enshrined in the constitution and any attempts to block journalists from exercising this right amounts to gross violation of the supreme law” said MCK.