Kenya reins foreign press in

2013-03-13 22:26

Nairobi - Kenya warned foreign journalists on Wednesday to register with the government or risk having security forces identify those in the country illegally, in the latest caution aimed at international media.

"Those who don't have proper accreditation should not be here," senior information ministry official Joseph Olewe Owiti told reporters, adding authorities had had "some problems" with foreign journalists in recent days.

Kenya's government heavily criticised some foreign media in the run-up to general elections earlier this month, accusing reporters of inciting new conflict by warning of a risk of a repeat of violence seen in 2007 elections.

"We have a lot of foreign journalists in this country and how they are operating we don't know," he added.

"We may need to seek the help of the security personnel to help us identify those people who are here illegally."

Ahead of the elections, government spokesperson Muthui Kariuki warned foreign journalists the government would "set you on fire before you set us on fire", but later insisted his speech had been taken out of context.

Kenya's capital Nairobi - a regional transport hub - is used by many journalists as a base from which to report on the wider region.

Foreign journalists are supposed to apply for accreditation from the information ministry.

Apart from some isolated incidents, the 4 March polls were peaceful.

President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta faces trial for crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court in The Hague in July for his alleged role in orchestrating election violence in 2007.

  • Attila Biemuller - 2013-03-14 07:35

    "Looks like another Zimbabwe in the making."

      Trevor Bigthingz Mrewa - 2013-03-15 07:41

      What is it you know of Zimbabwe if l may ask ?

  • Weet van Beter - 2013-03-14 09:28

    Always African countries having problems with the media. Always hiding some elligal operation.

      Nhamo Dzenyika - 2013-03-14 11:01

      You cannot go and cover stories in Europe without accreditation. They will deport you the next day. This is just for regulation purposes and it is the right thing to do

      Trevor Bigthingz Mrewa - 2013-03-15 07:39

      There is nothing to hide the foreign press covered the Election and they were the ones talking about the violence of 2007 it is ludacris to expect the foreign press to work in Kenya without accreditation why have double standards the Kenyan government has every right to rein them in would the any western government allow foreign press work in their countries without accreditation. Once an African government ask them to go through the proper process then automatically its hiding something lets be real here and impartial.

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