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.

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.



Yassin Juma felt his arrest was imminent

  Kenyans took to social media to criticize this move