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Freedom of the media: But whose freedom is it really?

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When the CKRC was debating the freedom of the media, I proposed that the freedom could be secured only if media owners did not own or control any other commercial enterprise. It was assumed that owners would provide accurate news and venues for discussion and debate arising from policies of the government and other institutions. […]
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Beware of Conmen posing as Katiba Institute staff

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We have learnt with great concern that certain members of the public have been the victims of conmanship by people who have posed as representatives of Katiba Institute. The recent case involves an elaborate plan where certain individuals have deceived members of the public by asking them to pay certain sums of money in order […]
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Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative & Katiba Institute Right to Information Learning Programme in India

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Kenya enacted its Access to Information Act in August 2016. Although this law has become operational with immediate effect, Regulations for detailing the procedures for seeking and obtaining information and deciding information access disputes are still in the works. Meanwhile, several civil society actors have started testing the efficacy of the law by making requests […]
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What does it mean when a law is unconstitutional?

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A quick Google search of the Star for “unconstitutional” produces results like: The Supreme Court has said the mandatory death sentence is unconstitutional Uhuru has declared an unconstitutional state of emergency over Kenya-Cord Offence of misuse of telecommunication device used to charge bloggers declared unconstitutional New education policies unconstitutional, MP. Sometimes, such a statement reflects a court […]
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Hong Kong and Kenya: For submission or resilience?

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A British colony for 150 years, Hong Kong (HK) returned to Mainland China 20 years ago, though with its own constitution and a “high degree of autonomy”. But that constitution — the Basic Law — requires HK to enact law on national security issues to protect the Mainland. Treason, sedition and state secrets are already […]
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Call for a proposal for developing a monitoring and evaluation system for Katiba Institute

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Call for expression of interest/proposal to consult in developing a comprehensive framework and an online-based System for monitoring and evaluation for Katiba Institute Katiba Institute (KI) is a non-profit non-governmental body established in 2011 as a company limited by guarantee in Kenya. The principal objective of KI is to achieve social transformation through the Constitution, […]
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A letter to the President­—cc the IEBC

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Dear Mr President, Maybe you have been wondering about those “principles laid down in the Constitution”, to which the Supreme Court referred to when deciding that the August 8 presidential election had not been conducted in accordance with the Constitution and the law. Until the Court has delivered its full judgment, we shall not be […]
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An open letter to Independent winners

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First, warm congratulations on your win. It can’t have been easy. Kenyans expect candidates to belong to parties, and do not seem very accepting of people, who they think of as odd balls, bucking the system. Of course, some of you were really the candidates one party would have chosen; you are not really “non-party” […]
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