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Standard Newspapers editors threatened

Standard editors threatened

Published on January 30, 2008, 12:00 am

By Standard Reporter

The Standard Group has drawn the attention of the Government, the public and its clientele to a worrying string of threats and hate mail targeting its editorial crew.

The mail, whose contents include threat to life, warn the reporting teams and editors that they will face dire consequences “unless they stop reporting in a certain manner”.

The mail also target members of the Nation Media Group.

The contents of the mail are in two forms: One is a package targeting journalists perceived to be ‘unfriendly’ to the Government.

The other purportedly comes from a proscribed sect warning journalists of grave danger allegedly because they betrayed the interests of their communities.

But the Standard Group defended its journalists, including those who have been specifically singled out by the authors of the e-mails.

The Group said whatever those targeted authored or aired was within their line of duty.

“The Group supports the journalists’ role in serving the public interest. As a media house, the threats have been brought to the attention of police and the appropriate reports will be done,” the company said.

The Group explained that reporting content with vested interests — as pushed for by the mails’ authors drawn from both sides of the political debate — as well as narrow ethnic considerations was unprofessional.

It observed that the e-mails had the potential of inflaming the country’s volatile situation.

“The Standard Group expresses hope the police will investigate the source of the threats and bring the authors of the mails to account,” the Group said.

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Secretary general of Chama Cha Mwananchi. This blog www.chamachamwananchi.wordpress.com, is based in Sweden.

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