Tanzanian Bloggers to Pay $900 for License

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The Tanzanian Government has perfected plans to charge bloggers (online publishers) over 900 dollars for a licence.

Harrison Mwakyembe, the government would verify and license all bloggers in the country and charge them an annual fee before they start operating online.

This is according to Tanzania’s new regulations titled Electronic and Postal Communications (Online Content) Regulations 2018, released last month and signed by the country’s minister of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports.

Tanzania’s new provisions will also affects online radio and television streaming services, online forums and social media users.

Before any online content provider can become authorized, applicants are expected to fill vital information detailing the estimated cost of investment, the number of directors and stakeholders in the platform, their share of capital, staff qualifications, expected dates of commencing operations, besides future growth plans.

Officials could also force managers to remove “prohibited content” within 12 hours or face fines not less than five million shillings ($2,210) or a year in prison.

Even after providing this documentation, authorities still reserve the right to revoke a permit if a site publishes content that “causes annoyance, threatens harm or evil, encourages or incites crimes” or jeopardizes “national security or public health and safety.”

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