Kenya Charges Man for SMS Hate Speech

I've been off the grid lately, having cycling adventures and moving to San Francisco. More on that later, for now:

In February, I wrote about how SMS messages promoted violence in post-presidential election violence in Kenya. Thanks to my friend Hannah in Nairobi, I learned that the the Government has recently charged a 'employee of a 5-star hotel' with promoting ethnic-based violence via SMS message.

One of the hundreds of hate short text messages sent during the post-poll violence was read out in a Nairobi court on Wednesday.

Mr Emmanuel Siundu Waya, an employee of a five star hotel, was charged with initiating it.

The court was taken through a chain of how the short text message (SMS) was forwarded to at least six people within hours last December 31.

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