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Kenya Criminalises Cyber Bullying, Publication Of False News

Kenya has criminalized online offences including publication of false information, cyber espionage and cyber bullying among others.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed into law the controversial Cyber crimes Bill. He has appended his signature to the bill which automatically becomes Cyber crimes Act.

Consequently, anyone that publishes false information online will be arrested and tried before the courts of law. If found guilty , they may attract punishment of 2-years in prison and cash fine of shs5million.

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

Reports indicate that the Cyber crimes Act provides for offences relating to computer systems including; unauthorised access, unauthorised disclosure of passwords, cyber espionage, publication of false information, child pornography among others.

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