Kenya: Political Texts to Be Vetted
By Cornelius Mwau, 24 October 2012
Photo: Maxime Le Hégarat/IRIN
Safaricom, Kenya's leading mobile communications provider, has said all political messages sent via SMS will be vetted to ensure they are free of hate speech (file photo).
Any text message by a political party will have to be vetted and approved by the NCIC and mobile phone operators before it is disseminated.
The new guidelines by CCK makes it mandatory for political parties to present the intended text message to the cohesion commission 48 hours before, and also mandates the commission and mobile phone operators to disregard it if it is defamatory, abusive or likely to disrupt peace.
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