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Shitemi is the Kenya Monitor Managing Editor. He trains journalists on basics of journalism, storytelling, conflict sensitive journalism and devolution.

Why the Kenya government cannot legally regulate social media

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The proposal by Dennis Itumbi, the State House Director for Digital and Diaspora Media that government is considering regulating social media cannot be realized without negating core constitutional provisions. While speaking at Kiangima Girls Secondary School during a prize-giving day, he said the government is preparing a Bill seeking to regulate the use of the social media in Kenya. Itumbi added ...

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EACC Chief Executive Halake Waqo drops charges against Robert Alai

Blogger Robert Alai. Photo courtesy of http://nairobinews.nation.co.ke/

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) chief executive Halake Waqo has dropped against blogger Robert Alai. Yesterday at the Milimani law courts, the prosecution said it had dropped the charge, but under section 87 (a) of the penal code which allows future re-arrest and prosecution. Alai’s lawyer Mr. Edward Oonge told a magistrate that the high court had since declared Section 29 of ...

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The disappearance of Msingi Sasis

Msingi Sasis

Photographer Msingi Sasis made a distress post on Facebook, 6th May 2016 about his troubled financial position ever since he was labeled a terrorist. He was arrested by the police last year when taking photos of Galleria mall, Nairobi. Ever since that day, efforts to locate him have been futile. He phone is not going through, neither has he responded ...

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The last one year has been tough for bloggers & journalists in Kenya

Freelance journalist Yassin Juma. Photo courtesy of citizentv.co.ke

The last one year and part of this year has been difficult for media freedoms in Kenya. Journalists and bloggers have felt the wrath of power and influence when doing their job in a manner only closer to the old, darks days of Kenya. Over 60 journalists have bloggers were silenced, intimidated, harassed and even killed, in a spate of ...

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Why Justice Mumbi Ngugi declared Section 29 of KICA Unconstitutional

Judge Mumbi Ngugi delivering the ruling

No Kenyan has suffered the wrath of Section 29 of the Kenya Information and Communication Act (KICA) like blogger Robert Alai. He has at least five active cases with these charge in court, dating back to 2012. His most recent case this year when the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) CEO Halakhe Waqo took issue with him for questioning his ...

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Nominated Senator Emma Mbura suffers a blow after Mombasa court dismisses use of Section 29 of KICA Act

TNA Activist Kalinga Mgandi.

TNA Nominated Senator Emma Mbura suffered a blow after Mombasa Principal Resident Magistrate Nicholas Njagi dismissed an application by the state to charge activist Kalinga Mgandi. In the court application, Senator Mbura wanted the court to compel Jubilee Alliance activist Kalinga Mgandi to disclose his Personal Identification Number (PIN) of his phone to enable police to verify his WhatsApp account. Kalinga had allegedly abused ...

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Harun Kongo charged with improper use of licensed telecommunication system for expressing love to Eunice Mwangi

Harun Mbafu Kongo was charged with improper use of licensed telecommunication system for expression his affections to Eunice Gacambi Mwangi. Before being charged Harun worked as a herds-boy and and gardener for Eunice’s home in Githiga, Githunguri, Kiambu County. Eunice is widowed and has three children, the older being in University while the youngest is in class two. Harun recounts ...

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Allan Wadi charged with incitement to violence

Allan Wadi Okengo, A 25 year old University Student Jailed for 2 year for Hate Speech on Social Media

Allan Wadi Okengo was charged with incitement to violence in a Nairobi court yesterday. It is alleged that he incited people in a Facebook post he made last week. Mr. Wadi made the comment regarding the request by the national government to Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho to return three firearms in his possession. Article 33 of the Constitution sets out ...

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Martha Miano arraigned in court facing four counts of posting annoyance messages on Facebook

Martha Miano Wanjiru. Photo courtesy of Joseph Wangui

Martha Wanjiru Miano was arraigned in court on Monday facing four counts of posting annoyance messages on Facebook. She appeared before Principal Magistrate Desiderius Orimba where she denied all the charges. The court heard that Miano, 25, posted an update on Facebook alleging that Governor Nderitu Gachagua’s brother, Rigathi Gachagua had hijacked Mathira water community project by procuring and financing goons and ...

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PACJA launches the African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting Awards

The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) launched the African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting Awards (ACCER) 2016. The competition that aims to recognise and reward excellence in environmental journalism at all levels of society welcomes entries from passionate citizen journalists as well as professional journalists. ACCER Awards highlight exceptional journalistic work and encourages high quality and impactful coverage of environmental issues in Africa. ...

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Ezer Kipkurui released

Ezer Kipkurui was released at 1.00am last night without any questioning or requirement to report back to the Central Police Station.   Yes! I was released at midnight Thanks for the concern bro! @Asamoh_ @_Rapporteur — Home Grown (@Kipezer) March 8, 2016 He had been arrested, first for resisting arrest and later for taking photos of Huduma Center at GPO, Kenyatta ...

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Martha Miano released unconditionally

Miano 1

Martha Wanjiru Miano was released unconditionally by a Nyeri Court yesterday. Nyeri residents celebrated outside Nyeri Law Courts as online activist Martha Miano was set free by court. She had been detained by police on allegations that she posted a statement on Facebook allegedly insulting Governor Nderitu Gachagua’s brother Rigathi Gachagua. Nyeri Resident Magistrate John Aringo ruled that her seven- day- ...

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Runaway corruption is increasing poverty in Kenya

James Wakibia

By James Wakibia Corruption remains one of Kenya’s biggest threat to development. Every successive year Transparency International lists our beloved nation amongst the most corrupt nations on the face of the earth. It’s not something to be proud of. It is not like marathons and javelin that we should be proud of. No, it’s something every sane person should be ...

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Mbuvi Kasina faces six counts of improper use of licensed telecommunication system

Mbuvi Kasina

Mbuvi Kasina, an activist and businessman from Kitui County is facing six counts of improper use of licensed telecommunication system for calling for accountability in the management of Constituency Development Funds (CDF) of Kitui South Constituency. Kasina has been charged with the six counts and defamation by the area legislator Hon. Rachael Nyamai for posts he made in a Facebook ...

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