Kenyan Police Threaten Journalists Over Illegal Gun Trade Exposé

The Committee to Protect Journalists is calling on the police to stop harassing the Royal Media Services company and its Citizen TV broadcaster, to refrain from summoning journalists for questioning, and ensure that members of the press can work without fear. This comes after the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) issued summons against two Royal Media Services editors in connection with the April 18 report aired as "Guns Galore" in English and "Silaha Mtaani" in Kiswahili. A Citizen TV crew carried out a year-long investigation, documenting a network of brokers and police officers who allegedly rented police equipment including guns, uniforms, and handcuffs to criminals. The journalists themselves acquired a pistol, a rifle, uniforms, and handcuffs during the investigation, which they handed over to police, according to Citizen TV.

One of the weapons surrendered to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations by Citizen TV, following an exposé on illegal weapons, as pictured during a press conference by DCI boss George Kinoti on April 20.

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