Raid at China-owned TV in Kenya in crackdown on illegal immigration

Kenyan police raided the offices of China Global Television Network (CGTN) in Nairobi and arrested several employers on Wednesday, media reports said, amid an ongoing crackdown on undocumented immigrants in the east African nation.

Kenyan sports journalist and CGTN employee Saddique Shaban said in a tweet that armed police raided the station’s Nairobi bureau, “rounding up staff members and demanding identity/alien cards and work permits” from employees.

The authenticity of the journalist’s tweet could not be verified.

Several Chinese staff members were arrested in the raid, he added.

Kenya’s privately-owned Citizen TV said operations at the CGTN bureau were paralyzed as police “combed the building floor to floor”.

A video posted on Kenyan news website Tuko showed officers dragging Chinese workers out of the building.

Kenyan authorities have been carrying out a crackdown targeting migrants without work permits.

Headquartered in Beijing, CGTN is a multi-language, state-run media company with production centres in Washington and Nairobi.

It was launched in December 2016 by China Central Television (CCTV) to “cope with the global trend in media convergence”.

Farah Yussuf is a Digital Reporter with Star FM Kenya. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from Masinde Muliro University.

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