Public support, not law, is the best protection for press freedom

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, flanked by other senior government officials, gives a press conference at Harambee House, Nairobi, on January 31, 2018. The government shutdown three media houses over the 'swearing-in' of Raila Odinga. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Article 34 forbids the State from exercising control over or interfering with any person engaged in broadcasting.
  • Mr Kaikai, who was on Wednesday apparently threatened with arrest, has received support from fellow journalists and rights crusaders.

I can think of only one rational reason why Kenya Editors Guild chairman Linus Kaikai went public on a meeting he did not attend: To forestall what he perceived to be a threat.

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