Last week Saturday we were in Nyeri to offer free training on Internet and the Law. Residents mostly youth came out in their numbers to be enlightened about this. Advocate of the High Court of Kenya Mugambi Laibuta, took the participants through the Constitutional provisions related to freedom of the press and freedom of expression and other legislation around freedom of expression. Some of these include the Kenya Information and Communications Act 2009 and the Penal Code among others.
Some of the areas discussed included intellectual property rights, defamation, rights of an arrested person, privacy, confidentiality and the Constitution. Examples of court cases in which some Kenyans have been either arrested or arraigned in court were also used to better inform the participants that the law is working.
Most of the residents were more inclined to know the borders around defamation; what constitutes defamation and what does not and how one can handle the situation when in need.
At the end of it, they were grateful for the session and hoped we will once more visit Nyeri to conduct another training for them.