Tanzania's Jamii Founder Wins International Press Freedom Award

President Magufuli's government has been accused of targeting Jamii Forum - an online discussion site and source of breaking news - with charges that include terrorism, and refusing to disclose the identities of their users. MD Maxence Melo Mubyazi, whose charges fall under the 2015 Cybercrimes Act - also called the Jamii Forums Law- and the 2010 Electronic and Postal Communications Act, continues to fight in Tanzanian court to clear his name, while being unable to travel outside of Dar es Salaam.

Giving this award to Melo also shines a light on the worrying trend in sub-Saharan Africa of governments using overly broad cybercrime laws to crack down on free speech online, says CPJ.


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