Blogger and Ex-NTV journalist Yassin Juma arrested
Police arrested blogger and former NTV journalist Yassin Juma on Saturday night. Juma, who has over the past week blogged about the Al Shabaab attack on the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) El Adde base, is currently being detained at Muthaiga police station.
Sources privy to the investigation have confirmed the arrest, adding that Juma will be arraigned in court on Monday.
Shortly after the news of his arrest hit social media, the hash tag #FreeYassinJuma shot to the top of the trends with many social media users asking for his immediate release.
When we bury the TRUTH and continue dancing around it in falsehoods, it will eventually germinate and catch up with us. #FreeYassinJuma
— Dennis Onsarigo (@Donsarigo) January 23, 2016
What happened to freedom of expression? #FreeYassinJuma
— Zamzam Billow (@seynabey) January 23, 2016
Just one day after the Friday attack on the army base, Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Nkaissery warned Kenyans against sending alarming pictures and messages about the El Adde ambush.
Speaking in Mombasa, the CS said that those found sharing such images and messages will be arrested.
The retired Major General stated that posting alarming images and content served to further Al Shabaab’s fear-mongering agenda.
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