JOHANNESBURG - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on authorities in Kenya to immediately investigate the assault of journalists by police at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.
Dramatic scenes unfolded at Nairobi’s Jono Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on Monday night as Kenyan opposition politician Miguna Miguna physically resisted efforts to re-deport him from Kenya, with the police assaulting journalists who attempted to cover the stand-off.
Miguna, a dual citizen of Kenya and Canada, arrived at the airport on Monday afternoon after a six-week stay in Canada where he had been deported to on February 6, 2018 after his arrest for his role in the controversial January 30 swearing-in of National Super Alliance (NASA) opposition leader Raila Odinga, as the People's President.
Following a nine-hour stand-off at JKIA, which included the police physically manhandling him as they attempted to carry him on to a Dubai-bound Emirates flight, the pilot of the plane, which had been delayed specifically for Miguna, took off after witnessing the violent scenes.
As the dramatic events unfolded, a number of journalists were beaten up by police in an endeavour to stop TV and newspaper reporters and cameramen reporting the scene.