Amnesty critical after Uganda levies unpopular social media tax

The Star | July. 02, 2018

Uganda has imposed a levy on social media access which it says will fund public services but has been widely resisted as oppressive and aimed at curbing government criticism.

Deputy government spokesman Shaban Bantariza told Reuters that the new levy took effect at midnight on Saturday and that it was an appropriate source of much needed revenue.

Uganda has about 23.6 million mobile phone subscribers, 17 million of whom use the internet, the state-run Uganda Communications Commission says.

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