Three press freedom watchdogs have criticised Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania for systematically clamping down on the media within their countries.
Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta has confirmed that Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) will remain in Somalia, despite the withdrawal of troops from key bases within the country.
Kenyan forces have pulled out of two military bases in Somalia, according to local residents, including one recently attacked by Al-Shabaab militants.
A Kenyan Muslim who shielded Christian passengers during an Al-Shabaab bus attack last month has died in hospital.
Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta has confirmed several troops from the East African nation were killed in an Al-Shabaab attack on an army base in neighbouring Somalia on Friday.