Amnesty Claim Gossip tax on Whatsapp ‘clear attempt to silence dissent’

A tax on social media use in Uganda, which came into effect yesterday, is a clear attempt to undermine the right to freedom of expression and must be scrapped, Amnesty International said today. President Yoweri Museveni announcing the tax in March said it was aimed at platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Skype and Viber, to curtail “gossip”, a clear infringement on the right to freedom of expression. Joan Nyanyuki, Amnesty International’s Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said: “It is not the place of the…

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