Ugandan Regulators Order 13 Media Outlets to Suspend Staff Over Coverage of Opposition Figure

Ugandan Regulators Order 13 Media Outlets to Suspend Staff Over Coverage of Opposition Figure By James Propa The Ugandan Communications Commission (UCC) has directed 13 media houses to suspend 39 employees including producers, heads of news and heads of programming. The media outlets affected by the directive include six TV stations and seven radio stations. This directive comes following the arrest of parliamentarian and pop music icon Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, on April 29. Public protests mounted after the MP was arrested as he made his way to…

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Uganda’s Social Media Tax is Leaving People Disconnected — And Failing to Meet Revenue Targets

Uganda’s Social Media Tax is Leaving People Disconnected — And Failing to Meet Revenue Targets By James Propa The number of people using the Internet in Uganda has dropped by more than 12 percentage points since July 2018, when the country’s so-called “social media tax” was put into force. Prior to the tax’s implementation, 47.4 percent of people in Uganda were using the Internet. Three months after the tax was put in place, that number had fallen to 35 percent. The tax resulted from an Excise Duty Bill passed in…

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