Open Internet News

2nd April 2015

Tanzania Cybercrime Bill Should Safeguard Citizens’ Rights on the Internet

By Juliet Nanfuka

Tanzania has published a Cybercrime Bill that makes “provisions for criminalizing offences related to computer systems and Information Communication Technologies” and provides for investigation, collection, and use of electronic evidence.

However, the release of the Cybercrime Bill has been met with apprehension by the public due to its overt disregard for press freedom and freedom of expression, the excessive…

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1st April 2015

Africans Must Stand Up for the Rights We Want in the Digital Era

By Nnenna Nwakanma,
The continent’s digital future is looking bright and Africans stand to benefit in areas as diverse as business, human rights, journalism the arts and more. Find out why policy-makers and citizens from African countries must make the most of the internet.
The fight for the future of the Web is one that Africans must play an active role in. Internet…

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Promoting Cultural and Artistic Expression in Africa

As humans, individual artists enjoy rights enshrined in national laws and international instruments on freedom of expression, assembly and association. However, there are variations between countries on what the laws provide for and the level of freedoms of creative, artistic and cultural expression that citizens enjoy.

In Africa, various factors impact upon these freedoms – including political, religious, social-economic and cultural…

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31st March 2015

Battle for African Internet Users Stirs Freedom Fears

By Joe Brock,

(Reuters) – Google and Facebook are at the forefront of a scramble to win over new African Internet users, offering freebies they say give a leg-up to the poor but which critics argue is a plan to lock in customers on a continent of 1 billion people.

Africa’s Internet penetration will reach 50 percent by 2025 and there are expected to be 360…

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30th March 2015

American Sues Ethiopian Government

American Sues Ethiopian Government for Spyware Infection

Months of Electronic Espionage Put American Citizen and Family at Risk

Washington, D.C. – An American citizen living in Maryland sued the Ethiopian government today for infecting his computer with secret spyware, wiretapping his private Skype calls, and monitoring his entire family’s every use of the computer for a period of months. The Electronic Frontier…

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Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza approves media law

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza has approved a new media law which critics have condemned as an attack on press freedom.

The law forbids reporting on matters which could undermine national security, public order or the economy.

It marked a “black day for freedom of information” in Burundi, campaign group Reporters Without Borders said.

Mr Nkurunziza is a former rebel leader who was elected…

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Reports of Content Screening &Take Down in Rwanda

Reports of Content Screening &Take Down in Rwanda
Reports of Content Screening and Take Down Requests in Rwanda

According the 2011 Rwanda Freedom on the Net Report, online news websites, Umusingi and Umurabyo, have been contacted by authorities to delete content related to local political affairs and ethnic relations. Besides, there are media reports that the Media High Council has an online monitoring department tasked…

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18th March 2015

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…

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