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World Press Freedom Day

Kenyan-style

World Press Freedom Day
World Press Freedom Day is celebrated every year on 3rd May. Kenyan president's wife Lucy Kibaki has celebrated the day in her own way. Shortly before midnight she stormed into the offices of the "Daily Nation" newspaper in the capital, Nairobi, and staged, together with her bodyguards, a veritable pogrom, beating up, by way of a sideline, a well-known TV journalist.

The Kenyan first lady was displeased with reports of how she had interrupted a farewell party for her neighbor, the country's outgoing World Bank director. She objected to the loud music coming from the neighbor's house, and, surrounded by armed guards, burst into his house three times demanding that he wind up the party.

Then on May 2, having read the reports on the scandal, late at night, the infuriated Kenyan president's wife, accompanied by a whole troop of bodyguards, stormed into the newspaper offices to protest at the portrayal of the row. On the way, she confiscated mobile phones, notebooks and tape recorders.

The row attracted the attention of Kenyan TV journalist Clifford Derrick. Hardly had he entered the premises of the "Daily Nation" with his video camera, Lucy Kibaki ran up to him, slapped him in the face, and then grappled with him, trying to seize his camera. The police present at the scene did not interfere. Last year Cliff Derrick was winner of the CNN award as African Journalist of the Year.

Till 5 a.m. Mrs. Kibaki shouted at the journalists, stamped her feet in anger, and taught them how to cover events related to the head of state and his family.

On the eve of the World Press Freedom Day the "Reporters Without Borders" International Organization published a report saying that starting from the beginning of 2005, 22 journalists had been killed and 105 taken into custody over the world..

The annual report published to mark the 15 anniversary of the World Press Freedom Day, states that in 2004, 53 journalists were killed and 107 taken into custody in the line of work.

19 reporters were killed in Iraq, specifies the report. The other most dangerous country for journalists in 2004 was Bangladesh where 4 journalists were killed.
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