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Nyakundi case highlights need for education on the law and Internet in Kenya

The court case against blogger Cyprian Nyakundi highlights the need to learn about online freedoms and responsibilities. Certainly the internet does not exist in a vacuum. Nyakundi, after reading the summons to appear in the newspaper tweeted   Safaricom is suing me . Oh my God pic.twitter.com/44CJq6o5Jy — Cyprian, Is Nyakundi (@C_NyaKundiH) June 24, 2015   Bloggers and social media ...

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Safaricom sues blogger Cyprian Nyakundi for defamation

Safaricom has sued blogger Cyprian Nyakundi for defamation. In a paid advertisement in the Nation, dated 24th June 2015 on page 51, Honorable Justice Mabeya has ordered Nyakundi to do among others; 1. Pull down all posts in his blog that are defamatory to Safaricom. 2. A permanent injunction has been issued against him, his blog, agents or any other ...

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Blogging and social media use in Kenya growing, says report

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Bloggers in Kenya have had, in several instances, to ‘save’ their credibility and explain a few things including the doubts and the notion that they are just but social media trouble makers who will write about anything sensational and vulgar. But today, bloggers and other online content creators are being appreciated not only by the fellow internet users but also ...

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The State of Blogging & Social Media in Kenya report – Download

The Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) today launched ‘The State of Blogging & Social Media in Kenya 2015 report’ at the Nailab in an event that was graced by the Cabinet Secretary for ICT Fred Matiang’i who launched the report. The report is now available for download HERE. The State of Blogging and Social Media in Kenya 2015 report.  

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Blogger Bogonko Bosire still missing, about two years since disappearing

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On Sunday 7th of June, a trending topic #WhereIsBogonkoBosire brought to memory something we may have forgotten in recent times. Controversial blogger and journalist Bogonko Bosire has been missing since September 18, 2013, gone without a trace. He made a name as a fearless blogger who wrote on the ICC case facing the President and his deputy. He rubbed the ...

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The Law and Internet in Kenya Workshop goes to Nyeri Town

Following the success of this workshop in Nairobi and Kisumu, We are happy to inform all residents of Nyeri that we will be having this training workshop on  the ‘The Law and Internet in Kenya’ on 13th June 2015. The workshop will take place at Batian hotel in Nyeri Town along Gakere Road, next to the Kamukunji stadium. Entry is ...

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Political Blogging in Africa discussed at re:publica 15 Conference

The Africa blogging panel at re:publica 15

At the beginning of this month, I got to  attend the re:publica Conference in Berlin Germany for the first time since its inception in 2007. I had been invited by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) Media Africa based in Bonn Germany to join a panel to discuss political blogging in Sub-Saharan Africa. KAS Media Africa hosted a #AfricaBlogging panel at ...

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Legal framework governing the internet in Kenya

Internet regulation in Kenya is still evolving. The country does not have specific cyber laws and as such the entry point of any legal analysis are the existing media, communications and information laws, the international instruments and the Constitution of Kenya. However, there is a draft law being prepared. Already, Article 19 has raised a red flag on the Bill. Specifically it authors that the ...

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Social media, blogging use define Kenya’s internet freedom concerns

Concerns over internet freedoms in Kenya can be broadly traced to larger rights and freedoms enjoyed by Kenyans in the 2010 Constitution. The Constitution has a progressive Bill of Rights which among others guarantees rights to privacy, freedom of media, freedom of information and freedom of expression among others. Prior to this Constitution, internet concerns in Kenya were largely about access. ...

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Journalism under threat

Independence of journalism has once again come under scrutiny after a standard newspaper journalist was summoned to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to reveal sources of information. The standard Deputy News Editor and Nakuru Bureau chief Alex Kiprotich was summoned to the Nakuru CID office to inform them about sources of stories done on the ongoing Nadome Killings, Baringo County. ...

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Security key to press freedom, journalists tell government

  Safety and security of journalists is key to attaining freedom of the Press in Kenya. This is the key message that journalists passed to the government on Monday during celebrations to mark World Press Freedom Day. Led by the Media Council of Kenya (MCK) and the Editors Guild the members of the Press in the country asked the government ...

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Geoffrey Andare challenges constitutionality of KICA Act 29

Geoffrey Andare, a web developer was charged under Section 29 of the Kenya Information and Communication (KICA) Act, the same section that is being used to intimidate bloggers but quickly sought to orders to declare this charge erroneous.. Before Geoffrey, Abraham Mutai was held over the same charge, but later released. Robert Alai has also been charged under the same ...

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Is it time for a true public broadcaster!

World press freedom day is here with us, just like every year. It is a time to reflect on how far, as Kenya media has come and interrogate where the future lies. Wikipedia defines public broadcasting as; Public broadcasting includes radio, television and other electronic media outlets whose primary mission is public service. The best example of how public broadcasting ...

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The future of news: The world as you want to see it

My favorite story as a kid was the tale of the Blind men and the elephant. If you have never heard it, let me give you the skinny. A king beloved by his subjects for his wisdom asked six blind men to determine what an elephant looks like by feeling different parts of the animal’s body. The blind man who felt the ...

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