Freelance journalist Yassin Juma was yesterday, 23rd of January 2016 arrested and held by police for posting updates on his social media accounts of the Al- Shabaab attack to the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) camp at El-Adde. Al-Shabaab attacked the camp on 15th of January 2016 in which an unknown number of KDF soldiers were killed.
— Abdullahi Derow (@AbdullahiDerow) January 23, 2016
Yassin formerly worked at the investigative desk at NTV before switching to freelance journalism. He frequently goes to Somalia for journalism assignments. Moreover, he uses his Facebook and Twitter accounts to provide constant security updates.
Police used section 29 of the Kenya Information and Communications (KICA) Act 2009 to detain him. Improper use of system is defined as when a person;
(a) sends a message or other matter that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character; or
(b) sends a message that he knows to be false for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another person
commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding fifty thousand shillings, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months, or to both.
— Samira Sawlani (@samirasawlani) January 23, 2016
— #FreeYassinJuma (@irunguhoughton) January 23, 2016
Yassin Juma felt his arrest was imminent
— Abdirahman Issack (@Wajia02) January 23, 2016
Kenyans took to social media to criticize this move
Haki no, on this one you are absolutely wrong, focus on obvious internal sellouts…at the very top even…. and …please #freeyassinjuma
— Ory Okolloh Mwangi (@kenyanpundit) January 23, 2016
— Maskani Ya Taifa (@Maskani254) January 23, 2016
Speak out about corruption the govt calls you cord sympathiser,speak out about insecurity and you r a terrorist sympathiser #FreeYassinJuma
— jay (@DaCofeeguy) January 24, 2016
We are in information age. No amount of intimidation will ever stop the public from getting facts. #FreeYassinJuma
— ABWAJO (@GeorgeAbwajo) January 24, 2016