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Court declines Vimal Shah’s request to compel Google and Twitter to pull down Blogger Nyakundi’s posts

Blogger Cyprian Nyakundi. Photo courtesy of niaje.com

A request by billionaire Vimalkumar Bhimji Depar Shah and his company Bidco to compel Google and Twitter to enforce a mandatory injunction on content by blogger Cyprian Nyakundi was declined by Justice Aburili Roselyne Ekirapa in an ongoing defamation case. In the case, civil suit 300 of 2015, Vimal Shah and Bidco have sued Stephen Jennings, Rendeavour Group, Preston Mendenhall, Artem Gurevich, Aly Khan  Satchu ...

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Blogger Dennis Owino held by Police for six hours without a reason

Dennis Owino (@KinyanBoy). Photo courtesy of Twitter.

Blogger Dennis Owino, popularly known as @KinyanBoy was yesterday arrested and held for six hours without being told the reason for his arrest. Dennis was also not told of his accuser. While walking along Harambee Avenue around 1.00pm yesterday, Criminal Investigations Department (CID) officers who had been trailing him arrested him and took him to KICC police station. They did ...

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Deputy President William Ruto sues Boniface Mwangi for defamation over a tweet

Boniface Mwangi. Photo courtesy of hashtagsquare.co.ke

Deputy President William Ruto has filed a defamation case against activist Boniface Mwangi over a tweet terming it false and malicious. I hope Deputy President has no plans of killing me the way he killed his old friend,Jacob Juma a fellow thief who became a whistle blower. — #BMUnBounded (@bonifacemwangi) September 28, 2016 In his suit papers filed today, Ruto wants ...

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Deputy President William Ruto threatens to sue Boniface Mwangi for defamation

Boniface Mwangi. Photo courtesy of hashtagsquare.co.ke

Deputy President William Ruto has threatened to sue Boniface Mwangi over his tweet which he says was false and malicious. The words in their ordinary and plain meaning are defamatory and they have severely injured our client’s reputation, reads a demand letter from Ruto’s lawyer Kioko Kilukumi. The tweet from Boniface Mwangi reads   I hope Deputy President has no plans ...

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Blogger Cyprian Nyakundi given a warning over contempt of court in Safaricom suit

Blogger Cyprian Nyakundi. Photo courtesy of niaje.com

Blogger Cyprian Nyakundi was yesterday let go with a warning against continuous contempt of court in a defamation suit in which Safaricom’s Bob Collymore and Michael Joseph have sued him for defamation. Following a complaint on his contempt of court orders when the case was first mentioned, the petitioners filed an application for contempt. The court had given an injunction ...

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Why Jackson Njeru and Jackline Okuta were jailed for contempt of court

Jackson Njeru. Photo courtesy of www.africacelebritynews.com

On June 14th 2016, Justice Mbogholi Msagha sentenced Jackline Okuta and Jackson Njeru to three months imprisonment or sh500,000 fine for failing to abide by a court’s restraining order against mentioning lawyer Cecil Miller on online platforms. The order, made on 12th April 2016 restraint them, their agents or servants from posting on Facebook or any other media platform including ...

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Jackson Njeru jailed for three months for contempt of court

Jackson Njeru. Photo courtesy of www.africacelebritynews.com

Jackson Njeru was jailed for three months on Tuesday for contempt of court by a Nairobi Magistrate. Njeru was jailed alongside Jackline Ogutu aka Nyako Ber, both being Facebook administrators of the group Buyer Beware. Their crime was that being group administrators, they did not bring down a post from a member of the group that mentioned prominent lawyer Cecil ...

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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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KICA Act 29 declared unconstitutional by the High Court #NoToKICAs29

Judge Mumbi Ngugi has declared Section 29 of the Kenya Information and Communication (KICA) Act 2009,popularly known as the KICA Act 29, as unconstitutional. She declared that “Section 29 of the Kenya Information and Communication Act cannot stand” The judge declared the law unconstitutional in a case filed by Geoffrey Andare and Article19 who challenged the constitutionality of the law. ...

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