Police Rough up NTV Journalist Reporting Live [VIDEO]

  • The incident where the police officer beat up an NTV journalist on Friday, September 11, 2020.
    The incident where the police officer beat up an NTV journalist on Friday, September 11, 2020.
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  • An NTV journalist was on Friday, September 11, roughed up by police while reporting live for the station's social media pages.

    The correspondent, Winnie Chepkwemoi, was covering Emurua Dikirr MP Johanna Ng'eno's procession from court when she was caught up in the melee.

    In a video recorded by the reporter, an officer was seen chasing boda boda riders when he assaulted Chepkwemoi.

    Watch the video below courtesy of NTV:

    Her efforts to explain that she was with the media did not shield her from receiving several blows.

    The officer finally yielded to the reporter's pleas to spare her as he denied beating her up.

    All the while, Chepkwemoi continued recording the events as she could be heard sobbing. 

    "Lia kabisa, nani amekuchapa? (continue crying, who has beaten you?)" the officer questioned

    The other officers appeared to be concentrating on the MP's entourage which had blocked the road. 

    The reporter could be heard narrating to a colleague the extent of the assault.

    "Amenichapa ngumi na akatumia hiyo kijiti alafu anasema hajanichapa (He has hit me with his fist and then he used his stick, and is denying that he hit me)," she stated.

    A number of journalists have suffered at the hands of policemen with Media Council of Kenya CEO David Omwoyo revealing that 36 journalists had been attacked while in the line of duty in Kenya between January and April 2020. 

    NTV journalist Peter Wainaina was on March 25, beaten up by an angry police officer while covering protests by residents in the coast region, who were engaging in running battles with police officers.

    On Saturday May 15, Two journalists from Kenya were arrested in Tanzania while conducting Covid-19 interviews after crossing the border allegedly without proper clearance.

    "This worrying increase symbolises a rise of impunity within the country as a quick look across other countries will show you that countries with good and just governance are the safest for journalists," Omwoyo stated over the worrying trend.

    Media Council of Kenya CEO David Omwoyo (Second from the Left) with members of the council during a press briefing in Nairobi.
    Media Council of Kenya CEO David Omwoyo (Second from the Left) with members of the council during a press briefing in Nairobi.
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