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We need press freedom ahead of 2022 elections, Turkana Media fraternity says

As the world commemorated the International Day to End Impunity for crimes against Journalists, journalists in Turkana were not left behind.

Journalists from various media outlets staged a peaceful protest against violence meted on journalists.

This comes amid reports all over the world indicating threats of violence and attacks against journalists which are never investigated.

According to Unesco between 2006 and 2020, over 1,200 journalists have been killed for reporting the news and bringing information to the public. In nine out of ten cases the killers go unpunished, according to the UNESCO observatory of killed journalists.

North Rift chairman Wycliffe Masinde said that there was a need for the community to respect the journalists.

"We need to be respected as journalists. Let's stop intimidating journalists. We request other stakeholders to protect us against violence and threats," said Masinde.

Equal opportunities for both genders was also another concern that came up during the protest.

They called on leaders, institutions and other stakeholders to promote a safe and enabling environment for journalists to perform their work independently without fear as the country heads to the 2022 general election.


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