Uhuru signs controversial bill into law

  • Uhuru signs controversial bill into law

Uhuru signs controversial bill into law

The country has been grappling over fake news control due to an existing lacuna in the law which has since been sealed.

The Act, which spells out stiff punishment to cybercriminals, provides for timely and effective detection, prohibition, prevention, response, investigation and prosecution of computer and cybercrimes.

The clause may go against the principles of freedom of expression by attempting to criminalise people - mostly bloggers - who may knowingly or unknowingly publish false information.

"Fake news is an offence under this bill, even when you receive fake news and forward it to another person, that's an offence in this bill", Duale had said.

Other crimes covered under the new law include; cyber espionage, computer fraud, unauthorised access, interference and interception to security systems and illegal use of devices and access codes.

Those who spread child pornography are liable for a fine of up to $200,000 and a 25-year jail sentence.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has assented to the Computer and Cybercrimes Bill, 2017.

Sharing fake news and initiating hate speech will now attract a fine of 5 million shillings or a 2 year imprisonment, while sharing pornographic material will attract a fine of 300,000 shillings or a 30 year imprisonment.

False information, spread on social media, played a significant part in last year's election.

According to the Kenyan presidency, the Government is going to establish a National Computer and Cyber crimes Coordination Committee.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, DP William Ruto, Aden Duale and others at State House on May, 16, 2018.

President Kenyatta signed the Bill into law on Wednesday, despite calls from different civil groups and the media to reject the Bill.