Can one be arrested for circulating memes against the government online?

Swala Nyeti Podcast
Can one be arrested for circulating memes against the government online?
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In today’s episode, we discuss the issues of freedom of expression, false publication and bail similar to those in the recent story of activist Edwin Kiama who was arrested after being accused of publishing false information about the President on social media.

An activist Edwin Kiama was arrested after circulating several posters on social media cautioning the International Monetary Fund against issuing any further loans to Kenya and specifically the President and Deputy President.

He was arrested by seven police officers, detained overnight and released without charge nearly twenty hours later. He was later charged with publishing false information about the President and committing offences under the Computer misuse and Cyber-crimes Act.

When he was presented before court, he was released on a Kshs. 500,000 cash bail and ordered not to share any images or messages on Kenya’s foreign loans pending the hearing of the case.

Research by Maurine Kerich (maurine@hklaw.co.ke)

Link to the story: https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2021-04-07-anti-imf-loan-activist-mutemi-kiama-locked-up/

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