The Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) condemns the attacks and attempts of abduction of Barrack Oduor, a Nation Media Group journalist based in Homabay County, and calls on the authorities to ensure the safety of journalists and end impunity for crimes against journalists in Kenya.
“The Government of Kenya should end impunity for attacks and crimes against journalists, for a free and safe exercise of journalism in the country. The culprits arrested should be brought to book and punished accordingly.” said Abdulwaheed Odusile, President of FAJ.
According to media reports, on Monday 03 September, the journalist, Barack Oduor received a call inviting him to a meeting in a hotel in Rongo town in neighboring Migori County. Barrack was lured into a car by the abductors and had to struggle to jump out of the moving car when he realised that he was being subdued. He was injured and has received treatment.
The Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ) and the Kenya Correspondents Association (KCA), the Kenyan affiliates of FAJ, have condemned the brutal and criminal act, and called on the government to take action. In line with the abduction, Mr Michael Oyamo, Personal Assistant to Migori Governor was arrested on Tuesday 04 September.
FAJ joins KUJ and KCA to condemn the impunity for violence against journalists in Kenya and calls on the government to uphold the safety of journalists, and end the impunity for crimes against journalists.
FAJ reiterates the call to President Uhuru Kenya to support the establishment of a national mechanism to monitor the safety of journalist in Kenya, in order to deter and prevent attacks on journalists and protect them in their work as outlined by the African Union in the Declaration of principles of freedom of expression in Africa.
The FAJ represents 50,000 journalists in Africa