Using Taxes to Stifle Government Criticism

African countries already facing extensive online surveillance, internet and website shutdowns, and detention of online critics can now add taxes to the list of tools used by government to silence criticism and freedom of expression.

While some of these social media taxes have been couched as measures to raise government revenue, given the poor economic situation prevalent in much of Africa, virtually everyone sees them for what they really are – attempts to stifle the right to freedom of expression and association of the millions of Africans demanding more from their governments.

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