• Through its President Churchill Otieno, KEG said attacks against journalists amount to assault against the constitutional guarantee of media freedom.
• Muiruri was recording a video of Dorcas distributing relief food to residents when one of her aides approached him demanding to know his identity.
The Editors Guild has called for investigations into the attack against Nation Media journalist Mwangi Muiruri on Thursday.
President Churchill Otieno said attacks against journalists amount to assault against the constitutional guarantee of media freedom.
Muiruru was attacked by officers in plain civilian clothing during a food donation exercise by Second Lady Gladys Gachagua in Murang'a.
"The Guild would like condemn the attack against the journalist and call for investigation into the matter and action on the officers," Otieno said.
He added that the Bill of Rights in the Constitution is explicit on the entrenched right of the media to operate without hindrance.
It also guarantees rights to freedom of expression and the right to receive and impart information granted to all in Kenya.
Article 34 (2), KEG said, states that the government is not to interfere with media personnel in the line of duty.
"It makes it clear that the State shall not interfere with any person engaged in broadcasting, production or circulation of any publication or the dissemination of information by any medium; or penalize any person for any opinion or view or the content of any broadcast or publication."
Muiruri was recording a video of Dorcas distributing relief food to residents when one of her aides approached him demanding to know his identity.
He said he introduced himself and produced his work ID but the aide was not satisfied and grabbed his mobile phone.
“He said they do not allow anybody to record videos using mobile phones during their functions,” Muiruri said.
A scuffle ensued when the journalist demanded his mobile phone back but the aide who was then joined by his counterparts attempted to push him towards their vehicles.