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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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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, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Watch Pa Salieu Make His US TV Debut With Performance on 'Fallon'

With the way the Gambian-British rap star is moving, 2021 is sure to be his year.

The excitement surrounding Gambian-British rapper Pa Salieu doesn't seem to be slowing down, as he has just further introduced himself to U.S. audiences. The buzzing artist made his U.S. debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon , performing hit "Frontline".

Three weeks in to the new year and UK based Salieu has topped NME's 100 Essential emerging artists for 2021 list, won BBC's Sound of 2021, and the list of accomplishments keep rolling in.

In his visually bewitching performance of "Frontline," a standout track off 2020's Send Them to Coventry, Salieu not only showed off his talents but his personality in the upbeat performance. At one point the rapper sang to viewers through a car, was joined on stage by some friends and their dogs, before ending his show front and center and glowing. The energy and vision that so obviously went into the performance is noted and appreciated. Who doesn't love to see people doing something they love?

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Ayra Starr Shines Bright on Debut Single 'Away'

Mavin Records' new teenage signee comes through with her debut EP.

West African native and the newest Mavin Records signee Ayra Starr is fresh out of the gate and already getting tongues wagging. The 19-year-old has released her self-titled debut EP, starting with head bopper "Away."

Born in Benin and raised between Cotonou and Lagos, Nigeria, Starr's sound allows her versatility and distinctive styles to take center stage. Her new five-track EP exhibits strong examples of soulfulness and a diverse musical range that usually takes some years to master.

But, what can't African women do?

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MTV Africa Music Awards Announces Top 20 'Listeners' Choice' Finalists

Focalistic, Tiwa Savage, DBN Gogo and more score a spot on the nominees list for the 'Listener's Choice' award at the 2021 MAMAs.