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Magazine editor sentenced to six months in prison

first_img June 13, 2019 Find out more Reports RSF_en Reporters Without Borders today protested against the six-month prison sentence imposed on 9 August on journalist and Member of Parliament Njehu Gatabaki, editor of the magazine Finance. He was convicted of publishing a “false and alarming report” in December 1997 that accused President Daniel Arap Moi of having instigated ethnic bloodshed in Molo shortly before the1992 elections in which some 1,500 people died.”This journalist has been the target of veritable harassment by the President, and his imprisonment, soon after the adoption of a new law on the press, bodes ill for the future of press freedom in Kenya”, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter to President Moi calling for Gatabaki’s immediate release and the withdrawal of all the charges against him.The 1997 article, entitled “Moi ordered Molo massacre”, alleged that President Moi gave the orders for members of his own ethnic group, the Kalenjin, to attack members of the Kikuyu community in the Molo area resulting in clashes in which many Kikuyu died. The court found the article liable to alarm the population and threaten civil peace. The judge said she was imposing an exemplary sentence because its was Gatabaki’s job, as an MP, to make the laws, not break them.Gatabaki, who stands by the article, has 14 days to appeal. Nonetheless, he has already been jailed in the Kamiti high security prison. He was originally detained on 4 December 1997 but was released on bail pending trial, originally scheduled for February 1998. The sluggishness of the Kenyan judicial system seem to have been responsible for the trial delays. The magazine Finance is one of the few forums of expression for opposition politicians in Kenya. August 14, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Magazine editor sentenced to six months in prison KenyaAfrica KenyaAfrica Receive email alerts November 27, 2020 Find out more News Newscenter_img The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Follow the news on Kenya News Help by sharing this information April 6, 2020 Find out more to go further Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent Kenyan media group trolled by pro-ruling party activists Organisation last_img read more