Kenyan Journalist says his life is in danger following sensitive Exposé

Veteran Kenyan journalist Patrick Mayoyo has claimed that his life is in danger following investigative reports that he published.

On Tuesday, August 10, 2021 Mayoyo said that he fears for his life after noticing that unknown people have been tracking him down.

The Journalist also appealed to the United Nations (UN) to offer him protection following constant death threats that he has been receiving from the trackers.

“These people are hunting me down like a rat over some stories I did, my life right now is in danger,” Mayoyo said.

According to the veteran journalist, he started receiving threats after writing an article entitled “Kenya on the Global Radar Over Poaching and Trade in Wildlife Products” exposing illegal wildlife trade in Kenya.

The former news editor for Nation Africa formerly known as Daily Nation noted that the threats intensified after he published another story titled: World Press Freedom Day: Who Killed Them and Why? that focused on the rising murder cases involving journalists.

His article which was published on the World Press Freedom Day, exposed how two female journalists, among many other journalists, were tracked and killed by unknown people.

“I am constantly being trailed and my daily activities monitored by a network of people. I am being terrorised by strangers who take my photographs on the streets without my authority among other violations,” Mayoyo said.

“I want the dubious activities against me by security agents stopped with immediate effect and my safety and security guaranteed.” he added.

The investigative journalist has won a number of prestigious awards including; The European Commission’s Lorenzo Natali Media Prize in 2015. The CNN African Journalist Awards 2014 (Environment category), African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting Award (online category and overall winner) 2014, and the 2013 East Africa Community Awards’ Environment Reporting award first runner-up.

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