Violations

New Year, Old Habits: Threats to Freedom of Expression Online in Kenya

By Juliet Nanfuka,

The beginning of 2016 has been marked with a series of arrests and summonses of individuals in Kenya as a result of content shared through social media platforms. Contrary to the constitutional right to freedom of expression, the incidents that relate to up to 10 individuals illustrate the Kenya Government’s continued use of vague legal provisions to stifle…

What Should be on the 2016 Agenda for Internet Freedom in Africa?

By CIPESA Writer |

Towards the end of 2015, the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) under the OpenNet Africa initiative convened some of Africa’s leading thought leaders to discuss the various facets of internet freedom in Africa.

The Forum on Internet Freedom in East Africa is one of very few gatherings that assemble an African audience within the continent to discuss matters related to…

Kenyan Charged for WhatsApp Somalia Victim Pics

Nairobi – A Kenyan man has been charged for publishing pictures alleged to be of Kenyan soldiers killed last week by Islamic extremist rebels in Somalia.The man, Eddy Reuben Illah, appeared in court on Tuesday, denied the charges and was remanded in custody. The charge sheet said the photos distributed by the suspect were “likely to cause fear and alarm.…

Dialogue on Internet Rights and Freedom in Kenya

By Marilyn Vernon |

In Kenya, whereas the use of the internet had expanded into all areas of day to day living, the threat of government surveillance and interference has impacted upon user confidence in the security of their online interactions. This comes after several local bloggers and social media users have been arrested and in some cases charged with misuse…

Civil Society Submits an Open letter to the Nigerian Senate

Open letter to the Nigerian Senate on the matter of the Frivolous Petitions Prohibition Bill (aka “Social Media” Bill)

Distinguished Senators,

We are a coalition of Nigerian, African, and international organisations writing to you about the proposed Frivolous Petitions (Prohibitions, etc) Bill that has provisions for social media regulation. We believe that the bill is a dangerous encroachment upon free expression and…

South Africa Bill Threatens Internet Freedom

South Africa’s Cybercrimes And Cybersecurity Bill (2014) has been met with apprehension among civil society due to its vague definitions, its limited safeguards for access to information and freedom of expression. In many ways, it resonates with the equally stifling Draft Online Regulation Policy gazetted in March 2015, which contains clauses that have the potential of blocking online content including as…

New Project Will Gather Users’ Stories of Censorship from Around the World

Onlinecensorship.org Tracks Content Takedowns by Facebook, Twitter, and Other
Social Media Sites

San Francisco – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Visualizing Impact
launched Onlinecensorship.org today, a new platform to document the who, what, and
why of content takedowns on social media sites. The project, made possible by a 2014
Knight News Challenge award, will address how social media sites moderate usergenerated
content and how…