A number of journalists have recently been harassed and their equipment confiscated by state authorities and political goons. Safety and protection of journalist is, therefore, now a major concern in Kenya. Between November 2012 and January 2013, the Media Council of Kenya received complaints of about 30 cases of harassment, intimidation and violent attacks of journalists. Other organisations, including the National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Kenya (NCHRD-K), Article 19 and
Committee to Protect Journalists have also documented violations of the rights of journalists. Up to now, none of the cases has fully been investigated or the perpetrators prosecuted.
This national baseline survey maps out the landscape, explores the environment, contextualizes the status and distills the issues and concerns on safety of journalists in Kenya. It proposes safety and protection guidelines to enhance safer working environment for journalists to operate.