When I woke up, I was surprised that I didn’t have a first time on WhatsApp, said Dan Mugeni, one of two and a half million Ugandan social users. I couldn’t connect to Twitter. It was weird, I recently bought 10 gigabytes of data. I wanted to call the provider when I realized it was the first of July.
In Uganda, a bill began to pay on July 1, 2018, and its access to the social network was taxed through telephone operators and Internet providers. The government claims that it is provided with public financial services, but many disagree with the tax and call it an attempt to artificially express freedom and criticism of the government. The law was approved by the Ugandan parliament at the end of May.
For access to the social network Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Skype, Google Hangouts, yahoo Messenger and YouTube, the internet user in Uganda will have to pay you 200 ilinks per day (about a crown). According to Numbeo.com, a loaf of 500 gram pounds of bread weighing about 3260 Ugandan ilinks (18 K).
In Uganda, according to the official, about 23.6 million people pay for mobile services, about 17 million of them use the Internet.
In the past, ugandt politicians have criticized the government on Facebook, and several people have been accused of defaming the government on the Internet. During the presidential campaign in 2016, they were socially locked up in the evening. President Yoweri Museveni justified this because it was necessary to prevent en l.
It is a matter of censorship and an attempt to articulate criticism, I will fight hard
The human rights organization Amnesty International has called on the Ugandan government to increase its taxation of access to the social forces, noting that the government has been killing many people for freedom of speech, which has had a detrimental effect on human rights. This is a very obvious effort to grind dissent under the mention of the usual income, the organization pointed out.
A telephone call in Ugand last week, before it came into force on the weekend, said access to the social network would be blocked and unlocked only until tax was paid.
According to the opposition and critics of the government, the tax money will be wasted and President Museveni will be careful to disguise the fact that he will fail in the fight against corruption. Not everyone Uganan intends to pay a new tax. There are instructions on social sites on how to avoid the fee.
This measure reduces the civic space of him and U in Uganda, who will not get access to important information, said Sophie Kyagulanyiov from the British non-profit organization Oxfam for Al Dazra. It’s a nhubek.