Tanzania court halts new blogging laws

The High Court of Tanzania has halted the implementation of new rules by the government requiring bloggers to pay US$920 for the privilege of posting content online.

The new regulations were due to come into effect on Friday.

The court said it would explain on May 10 why it had issued the injunction.

A news site had tweeted the court document.

The application to oppose the regulations was made by human rights organisations, the media and popular Tanzanian blogging site Jamii Forums.

Tanzania’s government said the regulations would protect the East African nation from ‘lies’ being spread online.

Critics see it as a way of muzzling freedom of expression./BBC Africa Alive