24 October 2012

Kenya: Political Texts to Be Vetted

Photo: © Julius Mwelu/IRIN
Youth carry crude weapons ready to fight during 2008 election violence (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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