You now have to pay the government over $900 a year to be a blogger in Tanzania

You now have to pay the government over $900 a year to be a blogger in Tanzania, by Abdi Dahir.

As part of new online regulations, the government will certify all bloggers in the country and charge them an annual fee before they start any operations online. The new provisions also encompass online radio and television streaming services and affect online forums and social media users. …

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.” 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. …

The annual $930 fee would likely be exorbitant for an independent blogger in a country where the gross national income per capita is just $900. …

Keeping Tanzanians ignorant and the Tanzanian elite in power.

All this happens even as Tanzania harbors ambitions of boosting its budding tech sector and competing with neighboring countries including Kenya.

Cannot have it both ways.

hat-tip Matthew