Internet Freedom: Tanzania to license blogs, websites as part of new Online Media regulation

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Please read this too: Tanzania: The Electronic And Postal Communications (Online Content) Regulations, 2017

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Tanzania has taken online media control up a notch with the introduction of a bill that contains strict regulations for online content producers including social media users and bloggers.

The Electronic and Postal Communications (Online Content) Regulations 2017 recently passed by parliament will be enforced by the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) after approval by the information minister.

The bill recommends a fine of 5 million Tanzanian Shillings ($2,300), a minimum of 12 months in jail or both for those found guilty of violating the regulations.

According to the regulations, social media users and online content producers will be held liable for materials deemed “indecent, obscene, hate speech, extreme violence or material that will offend or incite others, cause annoyance, threaten harm or evil, encourage or incite crime, or lead to public disorder.”

"Online service providers will be required to install user manuals and record proceedings of their business around the clock by installing CCTV cameras in and out of the premises."

Also, those who publish information that broadly portrays “hate propaganda, threaten national security or spark a health crisis, racial tension or violence, touching on possible terror attacks” will attract punishment.

Individual social media users will also be held solely responsible for the content they share while online service providers “will be required to install user manuals and record proceedings of their business around the clock by installing CCTV cameras in and out of the premises”.

For online radio, TV and other digital platforms including bloggers and website managers, “they will need to apply for registration from TCRA once the regulations officially come into force.”

They are also required to ban anonymous users from their platforms and “fully cooperate with law enforcement agencies as required,” the regulations say.

TCRA director general James Kilaba said the regulations will check immoral use of online and social media content as well as content that can endanger national security.

He said the authority will organise stakeholder meetings and forums on the bill in the coming weeks before it is approved by the minister.

Civil society organisations and online activists have condemned the regulations including the Media Services Act of 2016 gives officials powers to shut down media organisations that violate their licenses.

The government is accused of increasingly undermining democracy by curbing dissent and stifling free speech.

A number of people have been arraigned in court for incitement through online and social media posts.

Source: Tanzania to license blogs, websites as part of new online media regulation | Africanews

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.......They are also required to ban anonymous users from their platforms and “fully cooperate with law enforcement agencies as required,” the regulations say..........


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.......They are also required to ban anonymous users from their platforms and “fully cooperate with law enforcement agencies as required,” the regulations say..........


Bye bye JF. Ngoja tuanze kujiandaa kisaikolojia
 

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ccm is my part but i use this platform to condemn this evil thing towards our freedom.we must wake up now to avoid this government palpitations from our loved JF.
 

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Max akajiandae kufanya biashara ya dengu

Sidhani hata nusu ya hawa member watakuwa tayari kuwa verified.

Na hata wakiwa tayari basi "traffic" haitakua kama hivi sasa.
Wengi tuliioendea jinsi ilivo anonymous
 

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Hii ndio risasi ya mwisho kabisa ya Mtu kutaka kuwa dictator

Yaani kutawala milele na milele ...

Masikini Tanzania nawaonea huruma vizazi vilivyopo na vijavyo..
 

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Maybe it's time for Jamiiforums to shift its operations to Kenya, jamiiforums.co.ke doesn't sound so bad, politicians and technology are two things that don't mix, cracking down online anonymity by enacting strict laws will do more harm than good by stagnating the development of ICT in the country.

Opening a blog is just a few clicks away and free, now they want to introduce bureacratic registration processes and possibly a fee.

The parliament is full of imbeciles who have no clue about the potential impact of approving such laws, so the government will get what it wants, the illusion of full control over the internet....

Something that only a fool can waste resources to try to achieve.
 

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Unasema nusu Mkuu! 20% sijui kama itafika na huku ndani kutakuwa DOROO!
It's not a big deal, tutahamia forum nyingine yoyote hata za huko Kenya watuwekee tu forum zetu, tena tukiamua tuna-register ID zile zile tunazotumia hapa na mambo yanaendelea kama kawaida, watakachokuwa wamefanikiwa ni kuua forum ya kwetu hapa Tanzania, halafu wakae na vitambi vyao wajisifu wamefanya kazi, hivi mitandao kama Twitter,whatsapp inahitaji uweke taarifa zako zote kama unaomba kazi? Upumbavu huu ndio utarudisha nyuma ubunifu katika sekta ya tehama, tusitegemee kuona ongezeko la wabunifu kutoka nchini kama tunawafunga kamba kwa sheria kandamizi, baadala ya kukaa na kuwaza jinsi ya kuwawezesha vijana katika sekta hii inayokua kila siku, tunawaza kuiminya zaidi, tuwe makini isije ikafanya vizazi vijavyo kuona kuwa ni laana kwao kuzaliwa Tanzania na kuitwa watanzania.
 

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