Tom Maliti of AP covers the chill on political books in Kenya

“Kenya bookshops refuse politically sensitive books”

This is a good piece that will help with an understanding of the actual limits on freedom of expression in Kenya as it relates to anything that might offend powerful members of the political class who use the courts and other tools to intimidate. Booksellers have titles on controversial topics–just not on key areas of Kenyan politics.

Tom covered the fall 2007 IRI Kenyan opinion poll and I got to know him then and through subsequent reporting and I was always impressed with his knowledge and professionalism.

Ken

American lawyer. Took leave from corporate career to “assist” democracy in East Africa. After stolen '07 election in Kenya and violent aftermath I have tried to bring out truth of events for those who care in hope we can learn and do better.

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