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Tanzania Court Halts New Blogging Fees

The High Court of Tanzania has halted the implementation of new rules by the government requiring bloggers to pay $920 for the privilege of posting content online, the BBC reports.

The new regulations were due to come into effect today. The court says it will explain on 10 May why it has issued the injunction.

The application to oppose the regulations was made by human rights organisations, the media and popular Tanzanian blogging site Jamii Forums.

Tanzania’s government says the regulations will protect the East African nation from “lies” being spread online. Critics see it as a way of muzzling freedom of expression.

 

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