Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from July, 2018
On the heels of recent legislation in Malaysia, Philippines, Brazil and France, the latest draft laws on “fake news” come from Sudan and Russia.
Petitioners say the system will monitor more than just revenues, warning that it will allow for easy government snooping on calls and messages.
"Freedom of expression is a constitutional right in our country; free NAÏM TOURÉ"
For Uganda’s poorest residents, the new tax raises internet connection costs by 10%.
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"When I interviewed women living in...a slum in Kampala, I learned that for them, WhatsApp and Facebook are the internet...with the new tax, they will be cut off altogether."
Ugandans are saying #NoToSocialMediaTax because it is unconstitutional, increases poverty, targets youth, and exacerbates the digital divide.
Freedom is free, not taxed. Global Voices supports the #NotoSocialMediaTax campaign in Uganda.