In Summary

  • 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.

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