Maxence Melo

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Maxence Melo leaves court in Dar es Salaam yesterday after being convicted of obstructing police investgiations. (Jamii Forums)

Tanzanian court convicts Maxence Melo of obstructing investigation, levies fine

Nairobi, April 9, 2020— In response to a Tanzanian court’s conviction yesterday of Maxence Melo, founder of the online discussion and whistleblowing platform Jamii Forums, on charges of obstructing police investigations, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement:

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A bus on a central street in the Tanzanian city Dar es Salaam in August 2016. Authorities in Tanzania issued a directive that went into effect yesterday ordering unregistered websites to comply with the country's Electronic and Postal Communications (Online Content) Regulations or cease publication, according to reports. (AFP/Said Khalfan)

Tanzania forces forums, blogs, and streaming websites to comply with draconian regulations

Nairobi, June 12, 2018– Authorities in Tanzania should immediately rescind regulations that force online forums, blogs, and streaming websites to register with the government–a process that requires them to pay large entry fees and comply with draconian regulations–and withdraw threats of legal action for noncompliance, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Tanzania police raid popular website’s office in effort to learn users’ identities

Nairobi, December 14, 2016–Tanzanian security forces should immediately and unconditionally release Maxence Melo, the co-founder of popular online discussion portal Jamii Forum, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police raided the website’s office in the capital Dar es Salaam today, after detaining Melo yesterday.

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