Uganda appears to be the most recent nation in which free speech on the internet is no longer a given. On Thursday, the Ugandan government passed a law that imposes a daily tax of 200 Ugandan shillings (roughly 5 cents) on people who use WhatsApp and Facebook.
President Yoweri Museveni justified the move citing the need to raise funds that could help the government “cope with the consequences of their lugambo” — a colloquial term used to refer to gossip, spreading rumors, opinions or insults – according to a quote in Ugandan outlet Daily Monitor,
Critics were quick to call out the Ugandan government for limiting free speech. Only about 40 percent of Uganda’s 40 million people use the internet, and a large chunk of them use WhatsApp and Facebook, according to Reuters. That additional cost will most certainly keep even more people off the internet.