Kenya - Alerts
(ARTICLE 19/IFEX) - Nairobi, 5 July 2012 - Today, ARTICLE 19 releases its legal analysis of the Internally Displaced Persons Bill for Kenya (“the Draft Bill”), welcoming the initiative to institutionalise protection and assistance for internally displaced persons (IDPs). The Draft Bill contains robust provisions to increase information flows to and from IDPs, but the effectiveness of protection and assistance to IDPs will depend on stronger safeguards for information rights, greater participation of IDPs in decision-making, and enhancing transparency.
Joel Eshikumo said that unidentified callers had threatened him every night for a week, saying they would burn his house down and telling him to be prepared to die over the pictures he had taken in court.
Both journalists told CPJ that unidentified men had been following them, which had forced them to hide in an undisclosed location.
At least 10 police officers in plainclothes surrounded "Daily Nation" reporter Suleiman Mbatiah, after he took photographs of an undercover traffic operation in Nakuru.
Cathal Sheerin of the Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International interviewed the journalist about reporting on an alleged massacre carried out by local police officers and the repercussions of his work.
The draft bill is a positive step in the process of guaranteeing the right to access to information, but ARTICLE 19 encourages the government to amend several problematic sections before it is enacted.
Robert Wanyonyi received death threats after he reported on a melee between police and local villagers that left as many as seven people dead.
ARTICLE 19 calls on the Constitution Implementation Commission to revise the bill to be in line with acceptable international standards on the right to freedom of expression and information.
In a country where mobile phones have enabled Kenyans to track the price of commodities, plan farming around the weather, or uncover corruption, a denial of service to as many as 20 per cent of mobile phones in the country would be a disproportionate response to the problem of counterfeit phones, argues ARTICLE 19.
Al-Amin Kimathi had been charged with terrorism, as well as murder and attempted murder, and was held in pre-trial detention for nearly a year.
Thieves broke into the magazine's second-story office, attacked two security guards with machetes and stole computers containing critical information for the magazine's October issue.
Prison officials attacked three journalists from Nation Television who were covering an escape attempt by six inmates.
Abdi Hassan Hussein told CPJ he had visited the hospital with three colleagues to investigate complaints from patients.
The Clara Gutteridge case fits a trend of silencing critics of counterterrorism abuses, Human Rights Watch said.
ARTICLE 19 launches two legal analyses on two important laws relating to media freedom: The 2010 Media Bill and the 2010 Independent Communications Commission Bill.
The legal framework regulating hate speech falls short of international standards and raises serious concerns regarding the protection of the right to free expression, ARTICLE 19 said.
Unlike the existing constitution, the proposed text contains separate sections for the Right to Freedom of Expression and the Right to Information.
ARTICLE 19 recognises a number of positive features in the regulations and welcomes the fact that the Ministry of Information and Communications adopted some of ARTICLE 19's previous recommendations.
The new laws have been announced despite an agreement reached with media owners in 2009.
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ARTICLE 19 welcomes the efforts to introduce a strong framework for freedom of expression, noting a number of positive aspects while at the same time outlining shortcomings.