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BWIRE: Rising insecurity incidents pose serious challenges

Kenya Defence Forces soldier keeps an eye at their Kulbiyow camp FILE PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NMG
Kenya Defence Forces soldier keeps an eye at their Kulbiyow camp FILE PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NMG  

The recent spate of insecurity across the country, especially the killing of security officers, is a grave concern, not only to the security of the country, safety of Kenyans, but a big threat to the democratisation process in Kenya.

With the August 8 General Election approaching, the attacks pose serious challenges. In an already charged electioneering environment, where journalists are expected to be on the forefront reporting on the campaigns, insecurity incidents will increase tension.

When the media are covering national security issues especially on matters terrorism the security agents will claim that they lack ethics in their work and are supporting the cause of the terrorists by giving exposure to the acts, spreading fear and indirectly contributing to the public legitimacy of their actions.

There is a likelihood that journalists will suffer a lot through physical attacks, trauma, loss of equipment and mental stress.