Witnesses Say Kenyan Police Assaulted Journalists

A man brandishing a “panga” machete challenges police near a burning barricade during clashes between police and protesters in the Mathare slum of Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Police opened fire to disperse opposition protesters throwing rocks who had blocked roads with burning barricades, a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of Kenya’s hard-fought presidential election. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Witnesses say Kenyan police officers harassed and physically assaulted at least four journalists covering protests over President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election.

The witnesses say the journalists were tear-gassed and hit with batons Saturday, and their equipment was confiscated or they were ordered to delete content. The witnesses spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing reprisals.

Kenya Television Network’s political reporter Duncan Khaemba was arrested and held for hours at a police station because he had not carried the permit for his bulletproof vest and helmet. He was later released.

– Tom Odula in Nairobi.

Source: Associated Press