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Web investigates Kenyan mafia-style sect

Video by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-04-22

Violence in Kenya, between inhabitants of the centre of the country and members of an unlawful mafia-style sect, has provoked reports and interest from the Web. Also: internet users rally for Earth Day.



In Kenya, 24 people were killed during confrontations between peasants and members of the Mungiki sect. The Web investigates this mafia-type group, officially banned in 2002.


As shown in this documentary, broadcast on-line, the sect started out as a religious youth group, made up mainly of unemployed members of the Kikuyu ethnic group, who practiced traditional rituals.


This blogger explains that the sect transformed into a powerful mafia organisation, racketeering predominantly in the public transport sector. Reputed for its violence, it is apparently spreading terror amongst the people.


For several months now, there has been a popular uprising against this criminal group. This blogger tells of a day of strikes organised by bus drivers, to denounce the extortion to which they fall prey.


But police action to combat this sect goes entirely without judicial supervision, causing hundreds of deaths. These abuses, as shown in this report by Web TV, regularly provoke anger amongst the Mungikis.


Your planet needs you. This is the slogan of Earth Day 2009, the aim being to combat climate change. The Web has mobilised for the occasion.


The official Earth Day site even has a Web TV. In this video, American journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas Friedman gives his opinion on environmental policy and the benefits of carbon tax. 


The US Environmental Protection Agency has broadcast on-line podcasts giving out green advice, for example how to keep devices in good working order as long as possible.


In this video, the head of the agency recounts the history of Earth Day, a movement that began 39 years ago in the US.


Finally, net users have posted numerous videos on share sites to celebrate the day, including photo-montages, cartoons and sketches. This one calls out to young people, asking them not to drop paper on the floor.




In debt due to her electoral campaign, Hillary Clinton is organising a lottery at five dollars a ticket. The top prize is a day in New York with her husband, Bill. The runner up US Presidential candidate is still in 2.3 million dollars worth of debt. The draw is open to her followers, contacted by email.


The 4,600 pages of original manuscript of Gustave Flaubert’s 'Madame Bovary' are available on-line. Six hundred people in 17 countries have digitised and transcribed the pages in question. Net users can thus consult the text, as well as its sketch notes, additions and corrections - the aim being to expose the many stages in the writing of the book.


Date created : 2009-04-22