Free speech crack­down

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

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

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