Union protests online attack on journalists

Mr Havi should address his concerns through established legal channels.

Monday March 28 2016

On March 27, 2016, the Kenya Union of Journalists said it was wrong to target reporters performing their roles in a professional manner. PHOTO | AFP

On March 27, 2016, the Kenya Union of Journalists said it was wrong to target reporters performing their roles in a professional manner. PHOTO | AFP 

By JEREMIAH KIPLANG'AT
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The Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ) on Sunday raised concerns about a social media campaign targeting court reporters saying it was meant to intimidate them.

In a statement to media houses, KUJ Secretary-General Erick Oduor said the campaign amounted to threatening the fundamental tenets of press freedom in Kenya.

On a Twitter page belonging to Nelson Havi, journalists have been accused of being influenced in reporting the dispute around the Tatu City project.

The union said it was wrong to target journalists performing their roles in a professional manner.

“By intimidating reporters who are on that beat, Mr Havi wants to dictate what people hear and read about proceedings in court,” Mr Oduor said.

Mr Havi should address his concerns through established legal channels instead of attacking reporters on social media, the union said.

“We believe that Mr Havi, as a senior lawyer, knows that the Constitution under Article 34 lays down the process through which he can seek redress against individual journalists or a media house he feels has misrepresented facts or proceedings in an open court,” Mr Oduor added.

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