Miss Trudy Causes an Unnecessary Scene at the Airport

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The digital space has created massive opportunities for content creators to thrive. Even drama queens like Miss Trudy who may have never gotten audience in the mainstream media entertainment sector can rant their malaise online.

Miss Trudy was in the airport early on Wednesday to board a plane to Nairobi. She considered it an opportunity to create content at the entrance of a booking office at the airport. When a security guard instructed to do her shooting outside, she started shouting at her own cameras in the pretence of fighting for her “rights,” whatever they may be.

The soldier on a cream-white shirt politely asked Miss Trudy to leave because the area was restricted, but the uncultured young girl went on and on.

“Guys, we are being arrested at the airport; these people actually want to arrest us because we are filming,” she yelled.

Miss Trudy went on to lament that the airport security had called police officers on them as the voice of a man is heard behind the cameras saying “No, this is Kenya.” This is Kenya, as Miss Trudy would state; that is obvious, but Kenya has rules and regulations. Laws that are not applied to one or a few.

“We are literally doing nothing, I am just creating content. I am just tired… Content creators have a right to create content, this should not be happening in 2023.” The voice of Miss Trudy there.

But hold on a little pretty girl. Edgar Obare (or is it Edgar Wabwire) on Twitter has just advised you that Content creators are not above the law and filming in airports, which are fragile security-protected areas, must be authorized.

From my little education and learning on critical thinking, I was informed that my rights end where yours begin. Even as one enthusiastic online creator tries to make her name for herself, she ought to know where her boundaries lie.

As Stephen Mutoro here says, content creators are not above the law. Airports are security areas where international and domestic travellers converge. Security guards are trained and instructed to stop any kind of unauthorized filming.

A little advice to Miss Trudy: everyone has a right to create content, but within the confines of the law. Filming in airports, seaports, barracks, and other restricted areas require permits from relevant authorities for security reasons.

That is not my assumption, it is a provision in Article 24 of the Constitution of Kenya on the limitation of rights and fundamental freedoms. According to this law, a right or fundamental freedom in the Bill of Rights shall not be limited except by law, and then only to the extent that the limitation is reasonable and justifiable in an open and democratic society based on human dignity, equality and freedom, taking into account all relevant factors.

Clearly, the limitation of the right to film in an airport is reasonable and justifiable due to the vulnerable nature of the area.

I think Miss Trudy is overexcited with her Instagram following, which is understandable given the nature and tradition of generation Z.

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Fredrick Chepkonga

Mr. Fredrick Chepkonga is an educator and writer in Kenya with great experience in writing and research on education, economics, and finance topics. He has passion in mentoring young people to develop responsible citizens and future leaders.

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