Tanzania ordered all unregistered bloggers and online forums on Monday to shut down their websites immediately or faces criminal prosecution, as critics accuse the government of tightening control of internet content.
Most of the popular sites and online discussion forum in the country have temporarily shut down according to what Reuters is reporting.
Earlier in March 2018, The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) passed regulations compelling those who publish content online – including bloggers and operators of YouTube channels – to register with the government.
To apply for a license, you must pay up to $900 (N324,000) for a license. Per capita income in Tanzania is slightly below $900 a year.
You must then pay an initial license fee of 1 million shillings ($440), and an annual license fee of another 1 million shillings.
Anyone convicted of defying the new regulations faces a fine of at least 5 million shillings ($2,200), imprisonment for a minimum 12 months, or both.
Is this the best way of tackling hate speech in the country? What if this happen in Nigeria… Bloggers what would you do?