Journalists Caught in Crossfire of Kenya Smack Down

Still both Rhodes and Odindo said the censorship on journalists in this case was an "isolated incident." Odindo said the paper has been covering the upcoming elections critically for the last five months without any interference from the government, and says he would not be surprised to see a chorus of editorials condemning Mrs. Kibaki's behavior and the way it was handled. "I think we have unlimited freedom of the press," said Odindo. "It's a question of how it's exercised."

Rhodes sees the confrontation with the journalists as more of a "knee-jerk reaction" by rogue security agents than a sign that the Kenyan government doesn't value independent journalism. "Kenyans have the right to see these pictures; however it was an isolated incident and does not reflect on Kenya's press freedom record."

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