Free speech crackdown
KENYAN media have expressed concern over authorities using the argument of preventing inflammatory hate speech to crack down on freedom of speech in the run-up to general elections.
New social media guidelines outlined by Nairobi could prevent journalists from reporting critically or close the space for public debate before the August 8 elections.
The proposed guidelines warn social media users and bloggers against using inflammatory language, hate speech or ethnic contempt. They must also seek government approval of potentially inflammatory political content 24 hours before posting items. ANA