Security concerns used to gag media

Kenya has seen a slow erosion of media freedom in recent years. Security concerns, resulting above all from attacks by the terrorist group Al-Shabaab, were used in 2016 as grounds for restricting freedom of information. As Kenya prepares for general elections in August 2017, many independent journalists have been the targets of threats and attacks by both the public and the authorities. The 2010 constitution guarantees freedom of information, but certain laws criminalize the media and are used to gag them. The Security Laws Amendment Act of 2014 aims to restrict media freedom. A proposed law on Internet security and protection in September 2016 targets online news and information.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



95 in 2016

Global score


31.16 in 2016

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2017
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