Hello Nice people,

Asaf, I sought some advice from a local lawyer and he adviced me it would
be wise to notify the authorites of our undertaking considering the
security status of our country courtesy of the invasion into Somalia. The
Alshabab have been threatening to bomb the city and since we are a group of
youths who shall be taking photos we might be mistaken to be counterparts
of the Alshabab looking for the best buildings to attack.

We sought advice from the OCPD Central police station today and the Urban
Development Department at the city council of Nairobi.

At the city Council of Nairobi, they advised that we are supposed to pay a
fee of KES2,600. We talked to them and they told us to write a letter to
request for a partial or full waiver since ours was not a commercial

As for the OCPD, he turned us down and he told us that he was too busy to
handle our case ;( Planning to go and see him sometime this week or early
next week.

The project is still on as scheduled for 25th February, am just working to
ensure everyone is safe and not harassed by the City Council Askaris [1]
and the Regular police as well.


1. City council, a den of

On Tue, Feb 14, 2012 at 12:47 AM, Asaf Bartov <abar...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> What exactly did this photographer say you need a press card for?  I.e.
> what are you not allowed to photograph without a press card?
> (In general, my experience shows that most people, including government
> officials and professional photographers, have a fairly hazy knowledge of
> copyright law, and often repeat "conventional wisdom" statements without
> scrutiny.  One of the things Wikimedians have been consistently good at,
> around the world, is finding out what the actual facts are, and making sure
> the public interest is served best, by not submitting to limitations that
> aren't actually there. -- so yes, it would behoove us to look at the
> written law.  I'm sorry I don't have time to look into this myself.  Do we
> have access to a friendly Kenyan lawyer who might be able to help us find
> out what the law says?)
>    Asaf
> On Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 7:39 AM, stephen wanjau <wanjaus...@gmail.com>wrote:
>> Hello Nice people,
>> I do hope that you are doing well. At the meet-up, we resolved to
>> undertake the photo-walk on the Saturday of 25th February 2012 and not
>> on the 18th as it had earlier been indicated. During our meet-up I
>> networked with a photographer/ blogger who was in attendance and we
>> dialogued about how we could make this photo walk a success in terms of the
>> logistics involved.
>> He informed me that he had been using images from commons as yet he never
>> knew of the existence of a local community of Wikim(p)edians! From what he
>> said, we are required by law to get Press cards from the affected ministry
>> that deals with Journalism in Kenya, i.e. Ministry of Information and
>> Communication.
>> Another alternative that we had been given earlier by Kaburo as we were
>> planning for Wikis takes Nairobi was to request for written permission from
>> the City Council of Nairobi. I am kind of muddled by these two opinions
>> because in Kenya there is freedom of panorama, one is allowed to take
>> photos except at such places that are marked explicitly that you are not
>> supposed to take photographs.
>> Freedom of Panorama in 
>> Kenya<http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Freedom_of_panorama#Kenya>as 
>> highlighted on Commons.
>> Anyone on this list who is conversant with this, I beg to be educated/
>> rectified so that I can go ahead with the planning for the photo-walk.
>> Regards
>> Stephen.
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