The Media Council of Kenya (MCK) has strongly condemned the assault by police of an NTV cameraman in Mombasa on Friday, 27th March.
“While we acknowledge the police role in maintaining law and order, such powers should never be abused to violate the rights of journalists and citizens-no less, as protected by law,” the MCK tweeted.
The council said it would work closely with IPOA and the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) to ensure that the culprit is identified and held personally responsible for his action.
On Friday, during the first day of the curfew, chaos broke out at Likoni Ferry, as GSU descended on the commuters with clubs. They reportedly reacted after some commuters started throwing stones at them.
People at the channel had it rough even before the scheduled 6pm curfew starting time, as a fracas broke out.
NTV cameraman Peter Wainaina was harassed and physically assaulted by the police officer.
The journalist was covering the situation at the Likoni Ferry, as the Covid-19 safety guidelines were being enforced.