UPDATE: Maxence Melo Charged with Obstruction of Investigations and Operating a Domain Not Registered in Tanzania

Jamii Forums Founder, Maxence Melo has been charged with three offences before a court in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The charges are:

1: Management of a domain not registered in Tanzania under Section 79(c) of the Electronic and Postal Communications Act (2010).

2: Obstruction of investigations under Section 22 (2) of the Cyber Crimes Act  of 2015 for not complying with an…

PRESS RELEASE: Tanzania Should Immediately Release Digital Rights Activist Maxence Melo

By CIPESA Writer |

The police in Tanzania has detained Maxence Melo, a freedom of expression activist and co-founder of the popular online discussion platform, Jamii Forums. Although no charges have been brought against Melo, who was arrested at 1pm on Tuesday, December 13, his lawyer says the detention is an intimidation tactic on the backdrop of an ongoing case before…

Man to Pay Sh7m Fine for Magufuli Facebook Insult

By Bertha Ismail| @TheCitizenTz,

Arusha — A 40-year-old man has been sentenced to three years in jail or pay a fine of Sh7 million after he was found guilty of insulting President John Magufuli on his Facebook page.
The Arusha Resident Magistrate’s Court convicted Issac Abakuki on Wednesday after he admitted committing the offence.

Is Tanzania Becoming an Internet Freedom Predator?

By Juliet Nanfuka |

Tanzania appears to be steadily sliding into a predator of critical social media users, as state authorities continue to arrest and prosecute users for expressing what many see as legitimate opinions. In recent months, the country’s newly elected government has used  a controversial new law  to prosecute at least seven social media users, in spite of  constitutional…

Tanzania’s Cybercrime Act Makes It Dangerous to “Insult” the President on Facebook

By Ndesanjo Macha,

Tanzanian netizen Isaac Habakuk Emily, who hails from the Arusha region in the north of the African nation, appeared in court on April 15, 2016 on charges of “insulting” the country’s president, John Magufuli. Emily’s statements are allegedly contrary to Section 16 of Tanzania’s Cybercrime Act No. 14 of 2015, which says:

Any person who publishes information, data or…

Launch of the Internet Freedoms in East Africa 2014 Report

Today, the Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) launches The State of Internet  Freedoms in East Africa research report which is an Investigation into the policies and practices defining internet freedom in East Africa.

Thought leaders in the East African ICT industry  have gathered in Kampala, Uganda for the launch of this pivotal report.

The report  presents…

Blogger arrested for publishing president’s images

Tanzania: Blogger arrested for publishing manipulated images of the president
The alleged owner and blogger of the blog Ze Utamu (zeutamu.com) has been arrested in Tanzania.

The alleged arrest has been in discussed at Jamii Forum, a popular Tanzanian Online Forum, since yesterday. And today, Swahili Time has posted the news along with a picture of the arrested blogger, Malecela Peter Lusinde,…

Government now bans ‘Mwananchi’ website

Dar es Salaam/New York. The government yesterday stepped up its crackdown on Mwananchi newspaper by banning its website.

The follows its decision to ban Tanzania’s largest selling newspaper by 14 days last Friday for allegedly publishing confidential government information and inciting Muslims.

Elsewhere, an international press freedom group added its voice to the growing chorus of criticism of the government’s ban on…

Tanzanian government bans nation’s largest Newspaper

DAR ES SALAAM – Yesterday, Tanzanian newspaper stands welcomed back an old friend: Mwananchi newspaper returned from a two-week government-imposed hiatus.

On September 27, Tanzania’s Director of Information, Assah Mwambene, announced that he would be temporarily banning the paper, because of stories intended to influence “the citizens to lose confidence in State organizations.”

One of the most widely-read newspapers in Northern Africa, Mwananchi…

Media Council condemns closure of two major Newspapers

PRESS RELEASE
 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 Media Council condemns closure of two major newspapers
The Media Council of Tanzania (MCT) unreservedly condemns the Government’s decision to close down two national newspapers Mwananchi and Mtanzania, for allegedly publishing seditious stories likely to provoke incitement and hostility with the intention of influencing the public to lose confidence in state organs and create disharmony.

.Mwananchi has been shut…