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Rights group: Press freedom in Kenya being curtailed by government

  • A journalist holds a copy of a report into the state of press freedom in Kenya, at a press conference to launch the report in Nairobi, Kenya Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Press freedom is deteriorating in Kenya as a result of government legislation, threats and attacks, the media rights group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    A journalist holds a copy of a report into the state of press freedom in Kenya, at a press conference to launch the report in Nairobi, Kenya Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Press freedom is deteriorating in Kenya as a result of government legislation, threats and attacks, the media rights group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Joel Simon speaks about a CPJ report into the state of press freedom in Kenya, at a press conference to launch the report in Nairobi, Kenya, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Press freedom is deteriorating in Kenya as a result of government legislation, threats and attacks, the media rights group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Joel Simon speaks about a CPJ report into the state of press freedom in Kenya, at a press conference to launch the report in Nairobi, Kenya, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Press freedom is deteriorating in Kenya as a result of government legislation, threats and attacks, the media rights group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)  (The Associated Press)

  • A copy of a report into the state of press freedom in Kenya is seen while East Africa Representative of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Tom Rhodes speaks at a press conference to launch the report in Nairobi, Kenya Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Press freedom is deteriorating in Kenya as a result of government legislation, threats and attacks, the media rights group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    A copy of a report into the state of press freedom in Kenya is seen while East Africa Representative of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Tom Rhodes speaks at a press conference to launch the report in Nairobi, Kenya Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Press freedom is deteriorating in Kenya as a result of government legislation, threats and attacks, the media rights group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)  (The Associated Press)

A media rights group says that press freedom is deteriorating in Kenya through government legislation, threats and attacks.

The Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday that Kenya's constitution adopted in 2010 guarantees media freedom but since President Uhuru Kenyatta's Jubilee coalition took power in 2013 it had introduced several bills calling for harsh fines and jail terms for journalists.

The report says one law, currently suspended by the courts, could de-register journalists prevent them from working for not following vague principles such as "sticking to issues." The report says that journalists are being threatened, intimidated and attacked and alleges that the government is often the culprit.

The report said the power of advertisers to quash stories that may reflect negatively on them is another factor limiting press freedom.