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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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KDF soldiers shoot 2 in Mandera creating rift with locals

The vehicle the victims were travelling in. Locals say KDF soldiers erred in shooting the two and injuring several others on Monday. [Photo: Twitter]

On December 21, headlines of reputable publications worldwide brought to the fore an unusual view of a rare act in the fight against terrorism in Kenya. The BBC headlined their story, Kenyan Muslims shield Christians in Mandera bus attack while USA Today headlined it; Muslims shield Christian passengers in attack on Kenyan bus. Al Jazeera aptly put it thus: Muslims ...

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Freedom of expression invaluable in development

Panelists during the Human Rights forum organized by the Bloggers Association of Kenya. From left: Alice Maranga from FIDA, Kibra MP. Hon. Ken Okoth, Peter Nguura from Amref, Waikwa Wanyoike - Executive Director Katiba Institute, Steve Ogolla from ICJ-Kenya and Jamie Pennell First Secretary of the Canadian High Commission.

Article 33 of the Constitution of Kenya states that every person has the right to freedom of expression, which includes freedom to seek, receive or impart information or ideas, freedom of artistic creativity, academic freedom and freedom of scientific research. The right to freedom of expression is a fundamental human right. However, it has limitations and the same article further ...

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Will stance on corruption cost President Kenyatta his second term?

President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta (R) greets his supporters with his running mate, William Ruto after attending a news conference in Nairobi on March 9, 2013. The two have been indicted by Kenyans for not doing enough to fight corruption. [Photo: REUTERS/Siegfried Modola]

On Monday, Kenyans waited anxiously as President Uhuru Kenyatta was to address the nation on the state of corruption in the country. Coming just days after the resignation of Devolution CS Anne Waiguru, the nation waited in anticipation that, finally the country would be given a reason to have hope that corruption would be a thing of the past – ...

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BAKE to hold training on ‘Law and Internet’ in Nakuru

The Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) will hold a training on the law and internet in Nakuru next week on Saturday July 25. The training will be held at the American Corner at the Kenya National Library and is free and open to all. The workshop will cover topics such as the legal system, defamation, criminal law process, communication laws and ...

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Nakuru journalist interrogated for social media post

By Lorna Abuga. A Nakuru journalist has been interrogated by detectives following a post he published on social media challenging land grabbing in the country. Elijah Kinyanjui a veteran journalist who has worked with almost all leading newspapers in the country was quizzed on Tuesday last week for an ‘open letter’ he wrote to President Uhuru Kenyatta and which he ...

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Media to blame for Makueni wrangling, says Speaker

Makueni speaker Stephen Ngelu has accused the media of fueling the wrangling between Governor Kivutha Kibwana and Members of the County Assembly (MCAs). Speaker Ngelu while testifying yesterday before the Commission of Inquiry looking into the possible dissolution of the county, said the media partly played a role in the infighting that has almost paralyzed normal operations of the county. ...

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Citizen journalists play a complimentary role to traditional journalism

Kenya on May 3, 2015 joined the rest of the world to mark the World Press Freedom day set aside to celebrate the fundamental values of press freedom and the need for governments across the world to uphold media freedom. The press commonly referred as to the ‘fourth estate’ plays a very important role in the society as it keeps ...

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The Internet and Law in Kenya Workshop goes to Kisumu City on 11th April

The Law and Internet in Kenya Kisumu Workshop

Over the last year, Kenya has witnessed State harassment, arrests and conviction of Kenyan Internet users.  Interaction between the law, the Internet and the State has been unclear and ambiguous. We are happy to inform all residents of Kisumu that we will be having a training on the Law and Social media on 11th April 2015. This will take place ...

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iFreedoms Kenya Timely Launch During World Internet Freedom Day a Success

The logo for iFreedoms program promoting internet Freedoms Kenya

iFreedoms  was launched on Sunday 18th January to coincide with the World Internet Freedom Day marked on 18th January every year, worldwide. iFreedoms  is a programme under the Kenya Monitor – a Citizen Journalism website project by the Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) whose aim is ; promoting internet freedoms in Kenya. Why iFreedoms? As at the end of the ...

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Arrested Kenyan Blogger Abraham Mutai @ItsMutai released on bond

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Following the arrest of Kenyan Blogger Abraham Mutai  who uses the twitter handle @ItsMutai  in Mombasa yesterday, at long last, he has been released where he was held. Mr. Abraham Mutai was released on personal bond and will be required to report to the  CID Head Quarters on Monday morning to answer to charges of ‘Misuse of telecommunications equipment and  ...

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A Call to all Kenyans Online to Mark Internet Freedom Day #iFreeKe

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January 18th is Internet Freedom Day, an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate our freedom of expression. As a part of the campaign to mark the day, Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) is calling on all Kenyans Online to write about something they love on the Internet that they never want to see censored. Your contribution can be in the ...

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