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Bloggers in panic as Uhuru signs Cyber Crimes law

Bloggers in panic as Uhuru signs Cyber Crimes law”

Sharing fake news and initiating hate speech will now attract a fine of 5 million shillings or a 2 year imprisonment, while sharing pornographic material will attract a fine of 300,000 shillings or a 30 year imprisonment.

Although punishments for some of the detailed offences are reasonable, retribution for crimes of fake news - under Clause 12 of the Bill - can potentially inconvenience the media including online journalists, social media influencers and bloggers.

Former Law Society of Kenya chief executive Apollo Mboya said the context of "false information" will give the authorities a free opportunity to gag the media.

The new law imposes hefty fines and long prison terms for cyber bullies and fake news dealers. The bill also targeted those who alter information through Photoshop.

The objective of the Bill is to "protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of computer systems, programs and data", "prevent the unlawful use of computer systems", "facilitate the investigation and prosecution of cybercrimes", and "facilitate global co-operation on matters". Such offences could land a culprit in jail for a term of not more than 10 years or be slapped with a Ksh.20 million fine or both.

Duale's ex-lover Nazlin Umar slams Uhuru over cybercrime laws terms them dictatorial
Uhuru recently assented to the Cybercrimes bill

President Uhuru Kenyatta has assented to the Computer and Cybercrimes Bill, 2017.

Critics however saw the bill as an attempt by the government to muzzle social media users and regulate information flow, especially on issues relating to graft, human rights violations and other social ills that have been exposed by a robust online community.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, DP William Ruto, Aden Duale and others at State House on May, 16, 2018.

The Africa coordinator for the Committee for Protection of Journalists (CPJ), Angela Quintal had spoken against the new law and urged President Kenyatta last week not to sign the law.



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