KC Currents
3:39 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Kenyan Journalist Recalls Dangerous Career

A free press tends to be something journalists take for granted as a part of American democracy. But around the world, journalism can have life-threatening occupational hazards.

Before coming to the U.S., UMKC communication studies major Peter Makori faced down death as he worked as journalist for The Standard, Kenya’s oldest newspaper.

After surviving ten years of intimidation, brutal beatings and imprisonment, a Friendly Press fellowship landed him at The Kansas City Star in 2005.

Peter Makori is a communication studies major at UMKC. He hopes to study law so that he can impact human rights on a global level.

Journalist Peter Makori talks to KCUR's Susan Wilson about surviving as a journalist in Kenya, and how he ended up in Kansas City.

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