Journalism at the moment is becoming a scary occupation what with government closure of media houses for airing a newsworthy event. And things don’t seem to be dissipating in the government appetite to deal with anyone whom they deem as a threat to “national security”.
Managing editor Linus Kaikai and two of his underlings Larry Madowo and Ken Mijungu were advised not to leave the Nation Centre after the company security guards got wind of the plot to arrest the three journalists.
As the information spread, many local and foreign journalists, as well as human rights activists visited the NTV newsroom to show solidarity with their embattled colleagues.
Kaikai is reportedly wanted over a statement he issued as the Kenya Editors Guild chairman, accusing the government of muzzling the media. The comment was made after many in the media fraternity had met and Linus as the chairman issued his statement. The statement was contradicted by his vice-chairman who said that the chairman’s statement was not the agreed upon position and that all was well.
Why Mijungu and Madowo are wanted is still not yet clear. The two leaders were however very involved in news production on the day of Raila’s swearing-in.
On Wednesday, Interior Coordination CS Fred Matiang’i announced that security agencies were involved in an investigation “including but not limited to media employees“, for their role in Tuesday’s ‘swearing-in’ of Odinga at Uhuru Park in Nairobi.
Ruaraka MP Tom Kajwang was arrested a few hours after Matiang’i announcement. As of 8 a.m today they had moved to court through their lawyer seeking an anticipatory bail, seeking not to be arrested. I end this article with a famous quote by Martin Niemoller:
First, they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.