Jamii Forum founder speaks out on ‘government shutdown’.


Dar es Salaam. The Founder of Jamii Forum, a whistle blowing forum, Mr. Maxence Melo has revealed the reason behind his organization decision to shut down its site.
Mr. Melo said they have decided to shut down the forum because the Electronic and Postal Communication Regulations doesn’t accommodate service providers.
Speaking to The Citizen in a telephone interview Mr. Melo, accused Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA), of targeting, whistle blowers forums, when drafting the regulation.
The online content regulations requires blog and forums, requirements to register with the TCRA to ensure that any comments submitted by blog readers, forum users are moderated before they are published. They are required to identify the source of content.
‘’We have been targeted because our forum is service provider and not content providers so we have decided to shut down because we don’t fit anywhere (in the online content regulations),’’ said Mr. Melo
TCRA gave online service providers until yesterday 11th /June/2018 to register with the authority in accordance to the regulations.
Reached for his comment TCRA Acting relation manager Mr. Semu Mwakanjala played down the allegations.
‘’What we are doing now is registration of online content providers… We haven’t closed any of them,’’
Said Mr. Mwakanjala, when reached by The Citizen sister paper Mwananchi.
Jamii Forum posted on their site saying that because they have not been registered, they could no longer offer services, until the matter was resolved.
‘’It is obvious that our platform was being targeted when this regulation was formulated, ‘’ said Mr. Melo.
In 2016 Jamii Forum Founders were taken to court for declining to reveal the identities of some of the participants in their forum. The case is still ongoing.
Source:The Citicen June 11/ 2018.

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