Public service announcement

We interrupt our usual broadcast to raise a matter that is of utmost to us here. Alarm has been raised to what is being seen as a move by the current regime and its minions to clamp down on free speech in the name of fighting terrorism. Early in the year, the high court sitting in Nairobi suspended parts of a controversial security law that had been passed  in record time and received presidential assent soon after regardless of the several question marks raised by the civil society.

There have been reports of bloggers being harassed. As Voltaire said eons ago, I will defend your right to say whatever you have to say, but avoid the death if I can. I may not agree with it, but say, you must be allowed to say.

Looking at my twitter TL, the news isn’t encouraging

I wrote before we went for elections we would be fucked several times over, I didn’t think it would come to such serious fucks. I don’t know where it will end, but it doesn’t look good. I will peruse the amendment to see whether it defines calling Christians dumb as terrorism.

There are further commentaries on Aljazeera and Human rights watch.

The amendment[pdf]

I will end this post with the poem attributed to  Pastor Martin Niemöller, for I think it is relevant here;

First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

30 thoughts on “Public service announcement

  1. Great post about a really fucked up situation. I’ll say this and I’ll keep saying it until they pull the last breath from me: Fuck religion. Fuck Allah. And fuck Christians. The whole lot are cantankerous assholes without a single piece of courage amongst any of em. Fuck em.


  2. john zande says:

    Who was it who said “A man is nothing until he has found something he is willing to die for”? King? I don’t necessarily agree with the statement, its far too simplistic, but freedom of speech is one such cause i’d be willing to defend with everything I had at my disposal.


  3. archaeopteryx1 says:

    Who does one elect in a land where all politicians are corrupt? I’m in the US, you’re in Kenya, it is the 21st Century; we have been on the moon, yet we are as much held in the grip of tribal rule as in the days when we still ran around with spears. Democrats, Republicans, Christians, Jews, Muslims – all are tribes, just larger ones than our ancestors knew.


  4. Arkenaten says:

    Ah … the sweet smell of democracy.


  5. shelldigger says:

    All I can think is, if your religion/god/whatever is so incompetent that they themselves cannot meet out justice for being offended, then why the fuck would you think you should do so? Your all powerful all knowing gods do not seem to care, what makes any puny little human think it their business? Do they know better than the gods they worship? How the hell does that work?

    Censorship is the first sign of dire things to come. As if things aren’t bad enough already.


  6. shelldigger says:

    …take care out there Mak.


  7. Stay safe, Mak.

    This violence is just terrible.


  8. I did scan the amendment. One thing that caught my eye was the publication of offensive material. Who is to determine what is offensive? Ark’s recent post regarding the Crusade image shows how well there is no consensus between differing points of view, and yet it’s hard to maintain free speech once we go down a self-censorship road.

    Difficult times Mak. You need to post pretty pictures and write short boring posts to stay safe 😉


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