In yet another incident of threats to media freedom, journalist Geoffrey Mosoku was on the receiving end Wednesday morning over his stories in two local dailies.
The political journalist now writes for the People Daily, a publication owned by Media Max Networks. In 2019, Mosoku was fired from the Standard newspaper following a story he published touching on former premier Raila Odinga’s car.
His story alleged that the ODM leader’s Range Rover had been seized by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) over tax evasion.
A sneak preview of the online attacks under the hashtag #ShameOnYouPeopleDaily shows Mosoku’s pictures and snapshots of stories done by him; including those, he wrote while still at the Standard newspaper.
Whereas the hashtag is angled to punch the People Daily, one of the top headlines being pushed by owners of the thread is that of the standard, headlined: ‘Obado: How my wife busted me with Sharon’. Another one, still by the Standard, was titled: ‘PS disowns Ruto’s launch of Sh5b dam’.
Governor Obado, who is in one of the trending past headlines has in the past vowed to work with DP Ruto, politically.
The tweets under this hashtag claim that journalists in the country, chief among them Geoffrey Mosoku, are being bribed to blackmail people.
Until the publication of this story, Mosoku had not responded to the attacks.
On the morning of the attack, the journalist’s story in the People Daily was a page 8 story titled, ‘Former police boss caught up in Sh2.8 billion land dispute.’
The court report touched on the National Co-operative Housing Union (NACHU) director and former police commissioner Bernard Njiinu in relation to a fraudulent acquisition of prime land in Kiambu county.
Lately, there have been increased attacks (both physical and online) on journalists in different parts of the county.
The recent case was a reported threat by Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati to Sulwe FM’s reporter Jimmy Simiyu.
The Media Council of Kenya (MCK) condemned the attacks asking the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai to intervene by ensuring that the matter is expeditiously investigated and the culprits dealt with.