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EACC Chief Executive Halake Waqo drops charges against Robert Alai

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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Why Justice Mumbi Ngugi declared Section 29 of KICA Unconstitutional

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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Robert Alai to be charged with improper use of licensed telecommunication systems

Kenyan Blogger Robert Alai

Blogger Robert Alai is set to appear in court to answer charges of improper use of licensed telecommunication system. @RobertAlai summoned to court over improper use of licensed telecoms system for alleged post against @EACCKenya CEO pic.twitter.com/R7vA1wxqY5 — Nation FM (@NationFMKe) December 22, 2015 Alai is accused of committing a crime when he made a comment to the effect that ...

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Mombasa residents to be enlightened on the internet and the law

Law and Training Mombasa

The Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) in partnership with Article 19 will be holding the Internet and Law Kenya workshop slated for 29th of August in Mombasa. The workshop which will discuss issues around communication laws, `the legal system, defamation among other topics will take place at the MEWA Library in Majengo. Bloggers in Kenya have in the recent months ...

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Stay safe online despite heightened cyber surveillance

If you have been following the news lately, you may have come across the recent expose of the Hacking Group on wikileaks where confidential files from the company were exposed. Kenya is one of the nations that was in contact with the hacking group over plans to acquire cyber surveillance software Galileo. Using this system, an operator can switch on ...

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How Hacking Team software is used to track down dissidents and activists

The Hacking Group was recently exposed by Wikileaks which published files that included confidential employee emails. In the emails, hacking group staff and Kenyan agents were in touch over a long period of time in an attempt to procure Hacking Teams software online surveillance system marketed to governments as Galileo. There was global uproar when the emails revealed that the ...

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Journalist Wahome Thuku arrested for allegedly defaming Kabando wa Kabando

Journalist and lawyer Wahome Thuku was yesterday arrested and booked at the Parliament police station for allegedly defaming Hon. Kabando wa Kabando, the Member of Parliament for Mukurweini constituency. On 1st of July 2015, Wahome is alleged to have posted on his Facebook account that Hon. Kabando went into a funeral drunk. The comment could have been made at the ...

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Student Allan Wadi freed from a 2 year jail term after successful appeal

Allan Wadi at the Athi River G.K Prison where he served 6 months of his 2 year Jail sentence

University student Allan Wadi Okengo who was sentenced to jail in January this year to serve a 2 year jail sentence for hate speech remarks on his Facebook page and undermining the authority of a public officer has been freed. Wadi’s appeal case was heard yesterday 2nd July 2015 with the  appeal presented by his lawyer Edward Oonge. Wadi has ...

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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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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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University Student Allan Wadi gets 2 years Jail Term for Hate Speech on Facebook

Allan Wadi Okengo, A 25 year old University Student Jailed for 2 year for Hate Speech on Social Media

  A fourth-year university student will spend two years in jail for posting on social media  insults against President Uhuru Kenyatta. Alan Wadi Okengo, alias Lieutenant Wadi, was accused of posting the messages on his Facebook account on December 18 and 19 at an unknown place within Kenya. Wadi, 25, a political science student at Moi University, was arrested as ...

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BAKE condemns the Kenyan Government prosecution of Dissident Citizens Online

As an organisation that represents the interest of bloggers and content creators  in Kenya, we the Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE)  are concerned with the process followed in the jailing and prosecution of Kenyan Bloggers and Online Content Creators. The Kenyan Government is seemingly becoming quite intolerant of voices of dissent and dissident Kenyans who have taken to Social media platforms ...

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