Media Freedom

Fake news, propaganda and the role of the media before and during elections

As we enter the homestretch to the August 8 General Election, Kenyans will continue to witness heightened political engagements online and offline on who is better suited to represent the people at the county and national levels. Because of past incidents such as the 2007-2008 post-election violence, the government is concerned that people might go 

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Hate Speech and responsibility of the media in Kenya

Every time a general election approaches, politicians often capitalise on ethnic affiliations and differences in order to galvanise votes in terms of “us against them”. In the aftermath of the 2007-2008 post-election violence, the Waki Report singled out hate speech as one of the drivers of the crisis. As a result, the National Cohesion and 

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Court strikes out law that criminalizes criticism of public officers

On 26th April, 2017, Justice E.C Mwita on the Constitutional and Human Rights division of the High Court at Milimani declared Section 132 of the Penal Code unconstitutional. The section created the offense of ‘undermining authority of public. Blogger Robert Alai and ARTICLE 19 petitioned the courts after Robert Alai was arrested and charged for 

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Stop Intimidation of Journalists

Journalists in Kenya are facing an increasingly polarised, repressive and disconcerting working environment. Various agencies and actors of the national and county governments; elected politicians and in some cases citizens; have taken it upon themselves to normalise, unwarranted and continuous harassment, stalking, physical abuse, online bashing, physical assaults and in some cases attempted assassinations of 

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KFCB overstepping its mandate

On April 19, 2016, Justice Mumbi Ngugi declared Section 29 of the Kenya Information and Communication Act (KICA) unconstitutional in a petition filed by Geoffrey Andare, an online user, and Article 19, an NGO that champions freedom of expression. She declared that the provision creating the offense of “misuse of a licensed telecommunications system” was 

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Restricting Parliament reporting a threat to freedom of the media

The amendment to the Standing Orders regarding media-related activities within the precincts of Parliament is the latest assault on the freedom and independence of the media. If the proposals by the joint Parliamentary Committee on Broadcasting and Library are adopted, all requests to conduct media activity will now be exclusively channelled through the Speaker of 

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