Open Internet News

4th May 2018

Burundi to Suspend BBC and VOA Radio Broadcasts

Burundi News Update |

Burundi’s press regulator on Friday said it was suspending broadcasts by the BBC and Voice of America (VOA) by local radio stations ahead of a constitutional referendum on May 17.

The head of Burundi’s National Communications Council told journalists in the capital Bujumbura that a six-month ban would come into force on Monday. Karenga Ramadhani accused the BBC…

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3rd May 2018

African Governments Mark World Press Freedom Day with Crackdown Against Online Journalism

When Uganda in April ordered Internet service providers to shut down all news sites that had not been authorized by the communications regulator, it was the latest attempt by President Yoweri Museveni’s government to constrict the space for independent media. The regulator said that only 14 online publishers had met the requirements to remain online, including a USD 20 fee and an interpol clearance certificate. If the directive is…

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18th April 2018

The Stampede for SIM Card Registration: A Major Question for Africa

By Edrine Wanyama |

It is anticipated that by 2025, there will be at least 5.9 billion mobile subscribers accounting for 71% of the world’s population. As of 2017,  Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) had  a mobile subscription rate of 44% which is projected to reach  52% by 2025. Further, SSA’s mobile internet penetration by 2017 stood at 21% and is anticipated to…

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16th April 2018

Uganda’s Social Media Tax Threatens Internet Access, Affordability

By Juliet Nanfuka |

Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni has directed the finance ministry to introduce taxes on the use of social media platforms. According to him, the tax would curb gossip on networks such as WhatsApp, Skype, Viber and Twitter and potentially raise up to Uganda Shillings (UGX) 400 billion (USD 108 million) annually for the national treasury. The ministry has already proposed amendments…

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12th April 2018

CNC Suspends Commentary Column of Iwacu News Paper

Burundi News|

Burundi Media Regulator CNC has suspended this Wednesday, April 11, 2018, the online commentary column of Iwacu newspaper for three months. Iwacu newspaper direction says to be saddened by the decision.

Iwacu has gone against professional standards, the reason why CNC decides to suspend the column for three months from now”, says Karenga Ramadhani, Chairman of Burundi Media Regulator- CNC.

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Tanzania Enacts Regressive Online Content Regulations

By Ashnah Kalemera |

Tanzania has issued online content regulations that oblige bloggers, owners of discussion forums, as well as radio and television streaming services to register with the communications regulator and to pay hefty licensing and annual fees.

There are three types of licences. A license for provision of online content services comes at an initial cost of TZShs 1.1 million…

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6th April 2018

What New Regulations Mean to Social Media Users

Tanzania News|

Dar es Salaam. Be warned that failure to have a password for your mobile phone is now a crime which might earn you a fine of more than Sh5 million or imprisonment for 12 months or both.

This is in accordance to the newly introduced Electronic and Postal Communications (Online Content) Regulation 2018 which was signed by Minister for Information,…

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5th April 2018

Chad is Blocking Social Media and Messaging Apps Again

Paris, April 5, 2018: Internet Without Borders is alarmed by the current shutdown of social media platforms and messaging services including Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Viber and important news website such as BBC, in Chad.

This new case of censorship comes just a few days after Internet Without Borders and partners submitted a report to the UN Human Rights Council, on Human Rights violations…

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