Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Watchdogs' silence over arrest of Kenyan radio scribe

Two global media watchdogs have remained mum, days after a Kenyan radio journalist was arrested over alleged links to a recent Uganda bomb attack.

Maybe then, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Sans Frontiers (RSF), know something about the story, and they don’t want to step forward to ''defend terror suspect''.
By 8 September, the two organizations had not said anything at all about the arrest of Habib Suleiman Njoroge of Radio Salaam on 4 September.

Police said they arrested Seleiman on suspicion of links 11 July Uganda bomb blasts which killed 76 people. A total of 32 people have been charged in Uganda over the suicide attacks on two bar-restaurants in Kampala.

This blog understands that the radio journalist will be transferred to Uganda for more interrogation and trial. His wife, as well as some other Radio Salaam staff, has been arrested.

The story has been covered widely, with agencies like AFP running the story on 6 September. It is a bit odd that CPJ and RSF have remained silent over the story. Not that they need to condemn, but to report the story, even in their guest blogs section.

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