- The lawyer said that it was not by coincidence that the journo was arrested going by the recent barrage of attacks from senior state officials
- He said that as part of the justice system they prepared to defend the media space and called on judiciary to resist any law gagging media
City lawyer Danstan Omari has strongly condemned the arrest of a journalist who was arrested around parliament building while covering a demonstration.
Omari who had come to defend Daniel Onsare, a freelance journalst who was set to be arraigned at Milimani Law courts for allegedly engaging in an unlawful assembly.
The lawyer said that it was not by coincidence that the journo was arrested going by the recent barrage of attacks from senior state officials.
“Yesterday I received a distress call from a journalist who had been arrested at around parliament building while covering demonstrations. I want to put it clear that Daniel is an accredited journalist and was in his daily errands as a journalist he did not participate in the unlawful assembly,” Omari said.
He said that as part of the justice system they prepared to defend the media space and called on judiciary to resist any law gagging media.
Omari’s sentiments were reiterated by lawyer Cliff Ombeta who accused the government of intimidating media houses and journalists.
” I have seen the attack to the media houses and journalists by high profile and influential state officers, that keep of blackmail is impedes the progress of the democracy and we must call out that the arrest was part of the state using its machinery make policy in dark,” said lawyer Ombeta.
Onsare was brought to the court cells and later chauffeured to the Office the Director of Public Prosecution and subsequently released without being charged.