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Uganda Seeks To Register Online Bloggers Ahead Of Election by fergie001(m): 3:09pm On Sep 08
Authorities in Uganda say bloggers and others publishing or broadcasting online must register with authorities, drawing criticism from some who see it as an attack on free speech ahead of next year’s election.

The Uganda Communications Commission in a statement on Monday said bloggers and online news sites must seek the necessary authorization with it by Oct. 5.

A spokesman for the agency told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the directive was provoked in part by “an avalanche of people interested in opening online media.”

“We know that if these tools are misused, they can lead to trouble,” Ibrahim Bbosa said of social media.


With election campaigning effectively banned by orders aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus, Uganda’s social media scene has become even more vibrant in recent months.

The election pits a longtime president with a youthful opponent in a reflection of generation gap seen across much of Africa. About 17 million of Uganda’s mostly youthful population of 41 million are active internet users, according to government figures.

Ugandan authorities in recent years have been accused of trying to suppress online activities, including by imposing a tax targeting social media users that has been in force since July 2018. The tax is charged daily to access all social media websites and apps.

Amnesty International has urged Ugandan authorities to scrap the unpopular tax, calling it “a clear attempt to undermine the right to freedom of expression” in this East African country.

Such a tax was first proposed by President Yoweri Museveni, who once complained about online gossip in a letter urging the finance minister to raise money “to cope with the consequences.”

Museveni, who has held power since 1986, is up for re-election next year. He faces the youthful opposition lawmaker and singer known as Bobi Wine, who has urged the president to retire peacefully.

A government minister, a member of the ruling party, was criminally charged this week after a video of him grabbing a gun in an apparent fit of rage during local elections was shared many times on Twitter and elsewhere. And a ruling party lawmaker apologized this month after footage of him ordering the corporal punishment of a utility worker was published on social media.

Social media “affects autocratic tendencies,” said Nicholas Sengoba, an independent analyst and columnist with the local Daily Monitor newspaper. “We are at a very vital and critical moment where it threatens the legitimacy of the government and even of the state.”

While Uganda’s government previously has shut down newspapers whose work it found offensive, social media has proved more challenging to control, he said.

The new registration order shows “repression of free expression is on steroids,” Charles Onyango-Obbo, a former editor of newspapers in Uganda and Kenya, said on Twitter.

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Re: Uganda Seeks To Register Online Bloggers Ahead Of Election by CallMeDrino: 3:31pm On Sep 08
shocked

No let Buhari or Lai Mohammed see this abeg lipsrsealed

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Re: Uganda Seeks To Register Online Bloggers Ahead Of Election by updatechange(m): 3:31pm On Sep 08
While Uganda’s government previously has shut down newspapers whose work it found offensive, social media has proved more challenging to control, he said.

Why did all these African presidents like to kill the media space most especially when election is around the corner or when they have an hidden agenda

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Re: Uganda Seeks To Register Online Bloggers Ahead Of Election by TheSERAPH: 3:32pm On Sep 08
But here in Nigeria. DSS and police invitation is the case. #Father have mercy

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Re: Uganda Seeks To Register Online Bloggers Ahead Of Election by amiibaby(f): 3:32pm On Sep 08
Ok
Re: Uganda Seeks To Register Online Bloggers Ahead Of Election by Kiddinpoh(m): 3:32pm On Sep 08
Boom!
Re: Uganda Seeks To Register Online Bloggers Ahead Of Election by azmanaty02: 3:32pm On Sep 08
Ndi ara

APC have also exported their brand of madness to Uganda

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Re: Uganda Seeks To Register Online Bloggers Ahead Of Election by crossfm: 3:32pm On Sep 08
Just negodu Africa.Our leaders are scared of criticism,yet they won't do anything good so that we can praise them.

How long will they be able to mute the voice of the masses.They can try all they can,but the voice in the wilderness will always be heard.

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Re: Uganda Seeks To Register Online Bloggers Ahead Of Election by Hndrrxxx(m): 3:32pm On Sep 08
So they can silence them and become a Communist country just like China undecided undecided


Let me not talk anything cuz of hate speech

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Re: Uganda Seeks To Register Online Bloggers Ahead Of Election by maximunimpact(m): 3:33pm On Sep 08
shocked

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Re: Uganda Seeks To Register Online Bloggers Ahead Of Election by BrighterMe(f): 3:33pm On Sep 08
Re: Uganda Seeks To Register Online Bloggers Ahead Of Election by Teewhy2: 3:33pm On Sep 08
Museveni, who has held power since 1986, is up for re-election next year. He faces the youthful opposition lawmaker and singer known as Bobi Wine, who has urged the president to retire peacefully.

when only one person has been ruling for 34 years and not part of the pre internet age, S/he will not see anything good about social media.
what the uganda authorities want to do is that freedom before speech is guarantee but freedom after speech is not guarantee.
Re: Uganda Seeks To Register Online Bloggers Ahead Of Election by Niceiroko: 3:33pm On Sep 08
no freedom of speech again

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Re: Uganda Seeks To Register Online Bloggers Ahead Of Election by faithful2911: 3:33pm On Sep 08
Goodluck to them.
Re: Uganda Seeks To Register Online Bloggers Ahead Of Election by BoboNogoDie: 3:34pm On Sep 08
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Re: Uganda Seeks To Register Online Bloggers Ahead Of Election by milkyworld(m): 3:34pm On Sep 08
Interesting...

Re: Uganda Seeks To Register Online Bloggers Ahead Of Election by Naijaarchive(m): 3:35pm On Sep 08
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Re: Uganda Seeks To Register Online Bloggers Ahead Of Election by donprinyo: 3:35pm On Sep 08
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Re: Uganda Seeks To Register Online Bloggers Ahead Of Election by money121(m): 3:35pm On Sep 08
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Re: Uganda Seeks To Register Online Bloggers Ahead Of Election by Thankgod2020: 3:36pm On Sep 08
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Re: Uganda Seeks To Register Online Bloggers Ahead Of Election by BlackfireX: 3:36pm On Sep 08
Can an African man make Heaven

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Re: Uganda Seeks To Register Online Bloggers Ahead Of Election by NaijaOlosho(f): 3:36pm On Sep 08
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Re: Uganda Seeks To Register Online Bloggers Ahead Of Election by Juliusmomoh(m): 3:36pm On Sep 08
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Re: Uganda Seeks To Register Online Bloggers Ahead Of Election by Sarmiz24(m): 3:36pm On Sep 08
Woo niggaz
Re: Uganda Seeks To Register Online Bloggers Ahead Of Election by Zchi1052(m): 3:37pm On Sep 08
This country for over shot period of time have advanced more than any other african countries Even some many western countries as well
Re: Uganda Seeks To Register Online Bloggers Ahead Of Election by ForeThinker: 3:37pm On Sep 08
Regulated freedom of speech

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