In Summary
  • The Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Act is aimed at punishing cyber fraud and illegal hacking.

  • The Act was amended on the floor of the National Assembly to add provisions deemed contrary to the Constitution.

Kenya’s new cybercrime laws limit fundamental freedoms, including those of information and expression, lobbies have said and asked for their rethink.

The Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Act is aimed at punishing cyber fraud and illegal hacking, but was amended on the floor of the National Assembly to add provisions deemed contrary to the Constitution.

When it was approved by MPs, the Kenya Editors Guild and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) warned that its enactment into law would affect journalists and bloggers.

Head of the CPJ programme in Africa Angela Quintal warned at the time that “journalists and bloggers (are) likely to be among the first victims if it is signed into law.”

“We urge President Kenyatta to refer it back to Parliament so that members can ensure that its provisions are constitutional and do not violate the right to media freedom and free expression,” she added.

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