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These African leaders are so scared of the internet that they want it banned

June 13, 2018 at 09:18 am | News

Ismail Akwei

Ismail Akwei | Contributor

June 13, 2018 at 09:18 am | News

John Magufuli – Tanzania

Tanzania’s president has warned against the “misuse” of the internet on several occasions.

The final straw the broke the camel’s back was the imposition of a strict internet regulation that required website owners, bloggers and social media users to apply for a license to operate and pay a $930 fee to publish content.

The Electronic and Postal Communications (Online Content) Regulations 2018 is in place to give the authorities unprecedented control over the internet.

It also lists a series of prohibited content, including content that “causes annoyance or leads to public disorder.” Internet cafes are also required to install surveillance cameras.

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