Seven Journalists who were assaulted by the police while covering demolitions by the Tana and Athi River Development Authority (TARDA) in Embu County have spoken about their weekend ordeal.
Speaking to Citizen Tv on Sunday, April 25, 2021 the journalists narrated how they were beaten by the battalion of police officers while covering the demolition exercise.
The seven Journalists revealed that the Police officers also barred them from covering the demolitions in Mbeere South Constituency that left over 5,000 people homeless after giving them thorough beatings.
The news reporters further disclosed that they were denied P3 forms by the Police after the incidence.
They noted that it was the second incident in Embu County that has happened to them while covering the same story.
“As journalists, it was a bad incident. We were beaten senseless at that time. This is the second incident here in Embu County still covering the same issue. Journalists being assaulted by police in uniform.
“This should come to a stop and should not happen again to journalists in this country,” one of the Journalists explained.
They noted that despite clearly identifying themselves as journalists, the Police officers ignored their badges, beaten them up and arrested them.
This comes after they had been arrested alongside Mbeere South Member of Parliament Geoffrey King’ang’i on Saturday, April 24, 2021 and released on Sunday, April 25, 2021 after spending a night at Yatta Police Station.
King’ang’i was protesting the eviction of thousands of residents from disputed land in Embu county. The affected journalists included KTN News reporter Daniel Moige and Cameraman Muriithi Mugo.
During the demolitions, TARDA claimed that the exercise was necessary to reclaim the riparian land.
The residents complained that the demolitions were not fair claiming that they had not been given the notice to vacate the land.