Six Blogs On Kenya Government Watch List on Hate Speech

January 10, 2013

News & Analysis

On the list for notorious hate speech propagation

On the list for notorious hate speech propagation

The Government has identified individuals propagating hate messages on social media and mainstream media, according to Information Permanent Secretary Dr. Bitange Ndemo. Ndemo says that the evidence against the culprits has been handed over to the National Cohesion and Integration Commission, the Kenya Police and the Communications Commission of Kenya. He also added that the admins and bloggers responsible will be arraigned in court in 2 weeks’ time.

Suspects will be traced through their registered gadgets and if not found, the government shall sue Internet Service Providers (ISP) because they are supposed to register every gadget. Already, 6 sites and 2 vernacular radio stations have been identified as contributing to this vice. Here are the 6;

  • The Kenyan Daily Post
  • Mashada.com
  • Kenyanlist.com
  • Gor Mahia is Not A Club, It’s a Lifestyle but do we say (Already deleted)
  • STOP Uhuru Kenyatta NOW
  • 1,000,000 Likes To Stop Raila and Kalonzo From Winning 2013 Election

It was also noted that Kenyans in the diaspora are the most notorious for spreading hate messages and that the Government will use InterPol to bring the culprits to book.

Jeff Omondi

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2 Comments on “Six Blogs On Kenya Government Watch List on Hate Speech”

  1. Kimtai arap chuma Says:

  2. kipanga Says:

    Mashada Forums: Kenyas First Digital Casualty
    by HASH on January 29, 2008

    David Kobia, part of the team behind Ushahidi, is the creator of one of the most widely used Kenyan forums: Mashada. I just got an email from him that is rather disappointing:

    As you may already know, I’ve been having quite a problem regulating Mashada.com, despite having recently hired people to moderate the forums. It is starting to become a reflection of what is going on on the ground in Kenya. I’d hate for it to hinder our current efforts since I’m directly connected to it, therefore I’m having to shut down the forums until further notice. Facilitating civil discussions and debates has become virtually impossible.

    The post-election violence in Kenya is horrible. Most of the people who use Mashada are part of the Kenyan diaspora based in the US and Europe, but also a healthy amount from Kenya. So, the vast majority of people using it are seeing and hearing about the atrocities happening to their friends and family and are rightfully upset.

    However, that does not excuse the rampant and vitriolic discussions that have been taking place online. Choosing to resort to verbal thuggery, taunts and threats is not the answer.

    It is disappointing to watch the devolution of life in Kenya, but to see it being mirrored online by Kenyans around the world makes it even worse.

    I understand the frustration. I get that. What I don’t get is how any of the people involved think that this will make anything better.

    We can do better than this. We can be better.
    .

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