Journalists in Kenya Warned Not to Spread Propaganda About Westgate Attack

Westgate Mall looting reports prompts journalists' arrests.

A Kenyan hawker sells DVD movies of the Sept. 21 Westagate Mall terrorist attack in Nairobi. The attack resulted in at least 72 deaths. The al-Qaida-linked Shebab gunmen held hostages and later engaged in gun battles with Kenyan security forces.
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Journalists covering the attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, have been warned not to "provoke propaganda" with their reports.

This warning elicited by Kenyan Police Inspector General David Kimaiyo, comes after television and news organizations revealed footage of Kenyan security forces, who helped defeat the Islamist militants, looting goods from a store inside the mall.

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"We are looking within the law very closely for those individuals who in one way or another might have committed crimes," Kimaiyo said at a press conference Wednesday, in Nairobi.

"You need not incite Kenyans, you need not to distribute or issue statements that can amount to hate speech, and you need not issue statements or reports that could affect the life of another person," Kimaiyo added.

Those that do will soon "be apprehended and appear before the court, and face the consequences of this," Kimaiyo said.

Kenyan investigative journalists from the KTN TV station, operated by a private company called the Standard Group, have specifically been threatened with arrest.

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A task force was announced Thursday, to bring two of the KTN reporters in for questioning, police sources told AFP.

KTN said their investigative documentary on the Westgate Mall attack, which aired the footage of the troops looting a shop in the mall, must have "ruffled the feathers" of Kimaiyo.

The army claims the soldiers did not loot and only took water "to quench their thirst," AFP reports.

However, the security footage shows soldiers taking what appear to be cell phones. Shop owners selling top end jewelry, watches, cameras, expensive suits and lingerie also claim their stores were ransacked by Kenyan security forces as well.

AFP reports Kenya's army Chief Julius Karangi said the other goods taken by the troops were only sanitation items used "to ensure their safety."

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