Kenya Government New Laws meant to muzzle Environmental Activists, NGOs and Media?
The new laws have banned public demonstrations, set a ceiling for NGO funding and imposed heavy fines for those arrested. Media can’t report anything before getting clearance form government agencies. Those who flout risk jail terms and heavy fines. Observers point out that the new laws violate civil rights and undercut global efforts to strengthen human rights. Protus will investigate the reasons why the Kenya government is worried about free and independent media, active civil environment groups and other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and a well-informed public.
Protus Onyango is a journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. He has 14 years experience in Journalism and writes for the 100 year-old Standard Group in Kenya that owns the Standard and Nairobian newspapers, KTN TV and Radio Maisha.
He specialises in political, development, health, agriculture, business and envirnment reporting. His articles have also been published by the Inter Press Services (IPS) and Spore Magazine.
In 2013, he won an award sponsored by the South African based Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR) and US based Oakland Institute to do an investigative story on land grabs in Africa.
He studied Media and Ethnicity in Kenya at the United States International University, Africa and Journalism at the Kenya Institute of Mass Communications.