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Freedom of speech – Waflay Post
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Let This Fight Against Freedom of Expression Be Equal

The building blocks of greatness are simple things tolerable by the government towards its people. A good futuristic government should ensure that people who criticize it are not harmed by the authority, instead be given a chance to express themselves in a manner that could encourage change and development.

The government that targets its criticizers is not ready for change. So far, Kenyans bloggers walk on a tight rope, most hiding from the authority because of fear of arrest. This is not being taken well by the people of Kenya who currently depend mostly on bloggers for effective information and news.

Although the government denies involvement into blogger arrests, effort is being done on ground to ensure that freedom of expression is not infringed upon and that someone’s stand is appreciated.

We live in a free country, but it seems every word you write on Facebook, Twitter, Blog or in any social media platform in Kenya might land you into deep trouble. This is not freedom at all! This is government intolerance to criticism and a bridge way to failure.

Double stands being displayed by the government of Kenya of to its citizens is like a bulldog, which only target little kids with its big mouth, but runs away when a big boy comes in. The fact that when politicians use hateful language in a public gathering, no one goes for them there and then unless the public outcry forces them to act.

Big fishes have a way to go clean even when everyone knows that they are in the wrong. I wonder why the government is tolerant to such kind of people while junior citizens suffer a big deal when a facebook post is deemed malicious and there to create public unrest.

If the government is tough tough to deal with issues of public incitements, then everyone who uses freedom of speech for wrong reasons is brought to justice, irrespective of his or her status in the society.

How Kenya Government Is Killing The Freedom of Expression

A weak government would seek for all means possible to intimidate the people, create fear and rule them with an iron hand just to make sure that people have no much freedom —-which they might use against the leaders.

This is slowly turning into reality in Kenya. Freedom of expression is long gone, and what has remained is just a written text and a few people to enjoy much of it.

It all started with the ban on posting of gory images of terror victims. This move was accepted by the society because it was one way of dealing with terrorism, as those image could only be seen as praising terror activities in the country.

But nowadays the crackdown on bloggers, and charges for misuse of licensed communication gadgets is something that Kenyan bloggers are facing.  It is sad that the law does not define what the ‘misuse of communication gadget’ is but the cyber crime police unit is there to make sure that bloggers are not free to write almost anything against the government, big people or businesses in the country.

In Kenya, the word ‘blogger’ defines anyone who has posted anything online— it does not matter if one owns a blog or not. This makes every social media user vulnerable to arrest over an update that may be deemed defamatory by the cyber crime unit.

In recent time, we have had several people arrested and arraigned in court over Facebook posts, Twitter updates and blog posts.

It is sad that some people have faced this because of directly criticizing the head of state over something that majority of  Kenyans know and feel the need to air the same sentiment.

With mainstream media so shy to report sensitive issues in the country, the country rely heavily on bloggers and citizen journalism for smooth flow of information to those who need it. But since the government is here to kill this human right, then everyone will at time feel the pinch and things will not be the same again—

Religious Extremism

English: Graph of timelines for major religions

English: Graph of timelines for major religions (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Are we safe in the world controlled by religious differences? We have a choice to have a religious background, but I guess we have a way to live and we have a choice to understand people even more than what we feel about our religion.

As I understand, religion is there to guide people in living well with others— non believers and others from different religions. Religious books are there to give guidance on how we humans should live and also to be closer with God and his fellowship. But, this does not mean using religious beliefs to cause chaos and mayhem to other people.

Religious extremism

It is a crime to kill, even when you are defending your religion! I guess all religious books condemn this act and have guidelines on dealing with such like person. Religious extremists are people who never understand their religions, they take literal meaning of everything to cause peace instability all over the world.

Radical beliefs are associated with literal understanding of Holy Scriptures. And since most religious books are poetic in nature, only those wise enough may understand them fully and pass on their knowledge to believers.

It is in this context that those who think they know better take the written word into the new level— misleading the novice into accepting another version of the same.

Politics and radicalism

Those who sponsor terrorism activities may or may not beware of how their money and other properties are used for wrong reasons. Politically, people would use any means possible to get there in power even terrorism if need arises or the only way to reach there.

In Kenya, some rogue politicians use terrible means to regain power in the government. It is no wonder why some have been named as sponsors of terrorism in the country. Even some are in police records but they are untouchables in the Kenya.

Informational Citation: https://www.checkpeople.com/arrest-records