It was a terrible experience: Citizen TV’s Stephen Letoo speaks on police attack as he covered Miguna

Citizen TV reporter Stephen Letoo, who was injured during a chaotic coverage of self-styled NRM General Miguna Miguna at the JKIA on Monday night, is doing fine after he was treated and discharged from the airport hospital.

Mr Letoo was beaten up by police officers, who did not want the media to cover Mr Miguna’s botched deportation. eDaily’s Brian Okoth spoke to him, and this is what he had to say:

“It was a terrible encounter meeting with police officers, who were really determined to injure, harass and destroy equipment that we used in covering Miguna Miguna’s return since 2:30pm Monday.

“They attacked journalists at 11pm. They just charged at us, and started beating us up. On my side, one tried to beat me up, and I blocked his punch using my hand. I fell down, and instead of helping me to get to a safer place, they started kicking me with their boots, and even running over me as they went for other journalists. Luckily, I managed to secure my release from them.

“Attacking journalists is an unfortunate thing. This should not be happening at this time, when we are fighting for media freedom. We only went there to cover Miguna’s return without taking sides. Sadly, they did not see any of that. They hit us like we were criminals.

“I am now doing fine. I received medication at an airport hospital, and was discharged at 2am Tuesday. I am recuperating as I contemplate seeking further medical attention.”

Other journalists from KTN and NTV were also injured during the JKIA melee.

The immigration department’s attempts to deport Mr Miguna aboard a Dubai-bound EK722 Emirates flight proved futile after the ex-Nairobi gubernatorial candidate vocally protested his ejection.

Mr Miguna spent Monday night through Tuesday morning at the JKIA.


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