Freedom of information has declined dramatically in Kenya since laws adopted in 2013 created a government-appointed body that hears media-related complaints and has the power to withdraw press accreditation and impose exorbitant fines on journalists and media outlets. The terrorist threat is used as a pretext of gagging the media, which feel intimidated when they try to cover security-related stories or the International Criminal Court’s proceedings against President Uhuru Kenyatta. On the whole, the media nonetheless continue to be courageous and pluralist. Criticism of the government is widespread in the blogosphere, to which nearly half of the population has access.
100 in 2015
32.07 in 2015