Kenya clamps down on journalists covering war on al-Shabaab

In an attempt to keep news of troop deaths quiet, government arrests reporters circulating information online

On a cold January evening, journalist Yassin Juma was walking to his local pharmacy when he was stopped by four men from the Kenyan police.

They escorted him back to his house, where he found 14 people ransacking the place in front of his wife and children. “They were looking for electronics, for laptops,” Juma recalls.

A veteran investigative journalist known for his reports on the war against al-Shabaab, the Somalia-based Islamist militant group, Juma was arrested for posting information about a recent attack on the Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) on his social media accounts.