Jamii Forums, Tanzania’s largest online community platform, has been forced to suspend operations following a notice issued by Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA).
The notice, issued on 10th June 2018, requires blogs, forums, TV and Radio station owners not to post any content from 11th to 15th June 2018 unless they have complied with TCRA regulations.
After this period, legal action will be taken against those who will continue posting content without complying with the controversial regulations; which are seen by many to be a gag on freedom of speech and expression.
Other than content regulation, the new rules require individual bloggers to pay hefty registration fees. Cybercafés are also required to install CCTVs.
The platform is widely used by members within Tanzania and the greater East African region to discuss issues, especially those pertaining to governance and social justice.
Jamii Forums site administrators have since issued a statement saying the platform will soon be back online for users outside Tanzania. Those within Tanzania may have to wait a while longer pending outcome of negotiations.