Violations

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…

CIPESA at the Internet Governance Forum 2015

The annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) this year takes place in Joao Pessoa, Brazil from October 10-13. We are excited to participate at the forum which is themed “Evolution of Internet Governance: Empowering Sustainable Development”, during which we will share our insights on internet governance and related issues in East Africa.

An initiative of the United Nations, the IGF is a multi-stakeholder dialogue…

Hunting Down Social Media ‘Abusers’ in Uganda as Elections Near

By CIPESA Staff |

As Uganda draws closer to the February 2016 presidential elections, the fever of anxiety in government corridors is rising. Over the years, election periods have seen a crackdown on social media, voices critical of the ruling party, and independent media in the guise of promoting public order and unity as well as preventing the spread of false information. This, however,…

Young Activist Flees Gambia after Posting Video of Police Assault

By Stanley Azuakola,
An activist Aminata Manneh (also known as Minah Manneh), who champions women and children’s rights is reportedly out of the country after she went missing for 48 hours.
Manneh’s disappearance occurred after she posted a video on her Facebook page, of a policeman beating a young girl with a stick which went viral last week.

The activist took wrote a Facebook post saying she…

Keriako Tobiko and NCIC want Moses Kuria Prosecuted for Hate Speech and Incitement

In summary

Mr Tobiko made the request to a Nairobi court on Tuesday after the National Cohesion and Reconciliation Commission accused Mr Kuria of breaching an agreement for an out-of-court settlement.
Mr Kuria was accused of spewing fresh hate messages targeting the Luo community on his Facebook page barely a week after committing not to do so.
Mr Kuria is accused of linking…