Tanzania’s newly passed law entrenches digital rights repression

Recent articles in Tanzania

A medical staff member measures a man's temperature as a preventive measure against Covid-19 upon his arrival of repatriation in Gatumba, Burundi, on the border with DRCongo, 18 March 2020, ONESPHORE NIBIGIRA/AFP via Getty Images

Africa’s handling of COVID-19 marred by abuse of power

The continent’s initially successful response to the pandemic was tainted by denialism, corruption and weaponisation of social media across several countries.

A police officer disperses residents in Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya, as they protest restrictions on their movements due to Covid-19, 11 May 2020, Billy Mutai/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Digital rights in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya throttled by COVID-19 regulations

COVID-19 related legislation, surveillance practices and implementation of regulations have led to an erosion of online and offline civil liberties in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

Jamii Forums founder convicted on charges of obstruction

Maxence Melo, founder of the popular Tanzanian online discussion platform Jamii Forums, was acquitted for operating an unregistered website but convicted on charges of obstruction.