CAJ News Agency (Johannesburg)

13 May 2014

Kenya: Journalists Seek Clarity, Exemption From Relocation

Nairobi — CIVIL Society Organisations called on Cabinet Secretary of Interior, Joseph Ole Lenku, to provide clarity on the government's refugee policy and to exempt journalists from forced relocation to the refugee camps.

The Committee for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ), Reporters Without Borders and Rory Peck Trust, led the call in a joint open letter.

On March 25, Lenku ordered all urban refugees to relocate to one of two refugee camps in a bid to tighten security amid continuing violence, including an attack on a church in Mombasa.

His order came despite the fact that a similar government directive in 2012 was ruled unconstitutional by the High Court.

"Collective research by our three organizations shows that exiled Somali and Ethiopian journalists are not safe in Kenya's refugee camps, where Ethiopian security agents and Somalia's Al-Shabaab militants operate-the very same threats that most such journalists fled in the first place," Tom Rhodes, CPJ East Africa Representative, stated.

He said meanwhile, life for refugee journalists in Nairobi had been made even harder than usual.

"Kenyan police conduct nightly raids on the homes of Somali refugees, demanding bribes to avoid forceful relocation to the camps, local journalists say."

Ads by Google

Copyright © 2014 CAJ News Agency. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.