President Kenyatta assents to Cybercrimes bill amid protests

President Uhuru Kenyatta has assented to the Computer and Cybercrimes Bill, 2017. The new law imposes hefty fines and long prison terms for cyber bullies and fake news dealers. It also targets journalists, media houses, social media users, bloggers and other internet users.

According to clause 12 of the law, publishing of afalse or fictitious information will attract a Sh5 million fine or a two-year jail term.

"A person who intentionally publishes false, misleading or fictitious data or misinforms with intent that the data shall be considered or acted upon as authentic, with or without any financial gain, commits an offence and shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding five million shillings or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or to both," reads clause 12 of the new law.

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