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Tanzania's Plan to Charge Bloggers a $930 License Fee Has Been Halted

The infamous plan has been put on hold by the country's High Court.

UPDATE 5/4/18:

The Tanzanian government's harsh internet regulation plan has been halted after bloggers and human right's activists won a temporary injunction on Friday against the government's plan to charge online content creators a $930 fee to publish online.

The original plan was set to go into effect today.

The High Court of Tanzania says it will explain why it issued the injunction on May 10, reports BBC Africa.

The court document was shared this morning by organization Change Tanzania on Twitter.


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The Tanzanian government continues to crackdown on online content creators with added restrictions to its internet regulation policy.

The government introduced the Electronic and Postal Communications (Online Content) Regulations 2018 earlier this month. The act will require online publishers to pay a fee to operate in the country. Bloggers, online publishers, radio outlets and other online content creators must pay a $930 fee before publishing content. In a statement released earlier today, the state-owned Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) noted a May 5 deadline for applicants to submit their paper work.

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Photo courtesy of Cynthia Nyongesa.

The Influencer's Insight: The African Unicorn Is the Kenyan Visual Artist You Can't Put In a Box

Our first feature in this four-part series highlights Cynthia Nyongesa—the content creator behind the vibrant, bright Instagram page, 'The African Unicorn.'

"The Influencer's Insight" is our four-part series for April's theme "The Hustle." The series features women content creators who've achieved influencer status through their social media platforms. These influencers will give their insight on how they built their brand, challenges they've faced, influencer marketing tips and more.

In the first part of the series, meet Nairobi-born blogger and Instagram curator, Cynthia Nyongesa, also known as The African Unicorn.

Cynthia Nyongesa is the Nairobi-born blogger and curation queen who balances her art with being a full-time college student majoring in neuroscience and media studies. Nyongesa's work on her Instagram, The African Unicorn, is a mélange of fresh graphic design, photography and fashion.

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Diamond Platnumz in 'A Boy From Tandale' album cover.

Diamond Platnumz Was Arrested In Tanzania For Posting A Video Of Himself Kissing A Girl

The East African star is the latest to get detained in Tanzania's crack down on social media use.

Update 4/19/2018: Diamond Platnumz has now officially apologized for the Instagram post of himself kissing a girl, which the Tanzanian government claims was in violation of new laws regulating online content.

"I've had a long conversation with the authorities and I have learnt that what I did was not right. As a role model to many young people, not just in Tanzania but across the continent, posting a private moment was irresponsible of me," the star artist mentioned according to BBC.

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Diamond Platnumz, arguably East Africa's biggest music star, is the latest musician to fall under Tanzanian President John Magufuli's strict regulations on online content and social media, where bloggers now have to pay the government over $900 to operate.

The popular singer was detained on Monday after posting a picture to his 4.5 million followers on Instagram of himself kissing a girl, according to Times Live.

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