Tuesday June 9, 2020 – Kenyans were treated to a fake newspaper headline on Tuesday purporting that Chief Justice David Maraga met with Deputy President William Ruto before he went ham on President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday.

The fake article alleged that the Chief Justice had met with Deputy President William Ruto to plot how Parliament would be dissolved.

“Chief Justice met with Ruto to plot on dissolving parliament.”

“Botching Parliament will slow Uhuru’s momentum,” read the stand first (a brief introductory summary of an article in a newspaper).

The fake newspaper has similar headlines to the original copy for example; the other stories on the publication are similar.

The peddling of fake newspapers has been on the rise over the last couple of weeks, with the offenders getting better at the job.

For example, the headline would be easily believable because of the statement the Chief Justice made yesterday.

“The front page of the paper looks a bit off though, the font type looks similar.”

“False stories often have catchy headlines which sound unbelievable,” said Brian Muuo, a digital expert.

On March 18th, 2020, President Uhuru Kenyatta assented to the Computer and Cybercrimes Bill, 2017.

Clause 12 of the law indicates that publishing false 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 the 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 the clause.


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