Yassin Juma pictured above
Ex NTV journalist Yassin Juma was arrested on Saturday night and locked up at Muthaiga Police Station. Yassin has over the past week blogged extensively on the Al Shabaab attack on Kenya Defence Forces in their El Adde base that left scores dead.
The Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery had warned Kenyans of dire consequences if they shared gory pictures and messages of dead soldiers.
The journalist went ahead to reveal the number of the Kenya heroes who had died in the Al Shabaab ambush and photos of the attack on the base. This seems to have rubbed the powers that be the wrong way.
Juma will be arraigned in court on Monday although it’s not clear what he has been charged with.
Kenyans took to the social media with the hashtag #FreeYassinJuma, to demand the immediate release of the blogger.
Here are just some of the many tweets:
“If someone puts their hands on you make sure they never put their hands on anybody else again.”-Malcolm X #FreeYassinJuma
— Mohammed Ali (@MohaJichoPevu) January 23, 2016
What's next? Misuse of a press release, a press conference, a comment or a free thought? #FreeYassinJuma
— #FreeYassinJuma (@irunguhoughton) January 23, 2016
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
They have already pocketed the Kenyan media and bloggers are now their problem #FreeYassinJuma
— Cyprian, Is Nyakundi (@C_NyaKundiH) January 23, 2016