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Kenya:Reporter Threatened

6 September 2013

A Kenya Television Network(K.T.N) reporter based in Bungoma has received threats following a story he filed about mistreatment of a patient at a local district hospital in Kenya.Robert wanyonyi recorded a statement with local police after being threatened for portraying the hospital in bad light.The reporter recieved two phone calls one at 10.00 P.M local time on Tuesday 4th August and another at 5.00 A.M on Wednesday 5th August warning him of dire consequences for telling negative stories about the Bungoma District Hospital.On Tuesday 4th August,KTN aired a story in which a pregnant woman was forced to deliver on the floor and later harassed by nurses at the Bungoma District Hospital in Kenya.In one of the phone calls the reporter is threatened with death."The unidentified caller told me thet they will surely send me to my grave for reporting negative things about the hospital" says Wanyonyi.In 2011, Wanyonyi briefly went into hiding after receiving repeated death threats in connection with his coverage of coffee theft at a factory in Bungoma County.Article 19 has called for thorough investigation by the police on the matter.'Iit is very important that the police carry out investigation into this matter,journalists should be able to do their job without intimidation or threats" said Henry Maina,Article 19 East Africa director.