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Bloggers Now Have to Pay the Government Over $900 to Operate in Tanzania

The clampdown on online content creators essentially gives the Tanzanian government free rein over the internet.

The Tanzanian government is moving forward with its plan to charge bloggers a $930 licensing fee to operate online.

The new online regulation will require bloggers and other online content creators to register with the government before being authorized for online publishing. Applicants must fill out a form which lists the expected costs of operation, stakeholders, staff qualifications and more reports Quartz Africa.

Journalist Samira Sawlani shared a copy of what appears to be part of the application form via Twitter. Applicants must note whether they are a radio show, blog, television show or another online service. The application also lists the costs of a three year license and renewal fee.


The acquisition of a license does not shield online platforms from further government scrutiny either. They can be revoked at any point if the government determines that they are not compliant with regulations. A blog can be removed if it "causes annoyance, threatens harm or evil, encourages or incites crimes or jeopardizes national security or public health and safety," reports Quartz Africa.

The new law is being considered another attempt by President John Magufuli's to suppress free speech in the country. He has previously put restrictions on the use of social media apps such as WhatsApp.

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You Can Now Watch the Documentary 'Bigger Than Africa' on Netflix

Award-winning Nigerian Director Toyin Ibrahim Adekeye's first feature film is out this Friday, the 13th exclusively on the global streaming platform.

Netflix's investment in original African stories has seen a hoard of brilliant minds and their creations gain access to global audiences. The latest creative to share their narrative on the global streaming platform is award-winning Nigerian director Toyin Ibrahim Adekeye and his first feature film 'Bigger Than Africa'. The film, produced by Los Angeles-based Motherland Productions is available on the streaming platform this Friday, May 13th.


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The 5 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Burna Boy, Adekunle Gold, Ladipoe, Rema and more.

Every week, we highlight the top releases through our best music of the week column. Here's our round-up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks.

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Burna Boy Makes His Directorial Debut With New Video for Single 'Last Last'

The African Giant continues to push the envelope, as he teases his sixth studio album, Love, Damini.

Nigerian singer-songwriter Burna Boy has done it again, folks.

The African Giant made his directorial debut this week with the release of his new single, 'Last Last', off of his highly anticipated sixth studio album, Love Damini. The single, a sample of American R&B singer Toni Braxton's hit single 'He Wasn't Man Enough For Me', is but a taste of what the Afro-fusion heavyweight has in store for fans this summer.

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