The multifaceted implications of Uganda’s social media regulations

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In the East African nation of Uganda, YouTubers, podcasters, and other social media users now need to obtain authorisation from the Ugandan Communications Communications (UCC) before publishing any content online.
According to a notice released by the regulator, the new directive will be enforced from October 5, 2020. It will apply to all communications services in Uganda including radio, television, and online broadcasting channels like blogs, YouTube, podcasts, VOD platforms and several others.
The UCC claims legal backing from sections 2, 5, and 27 of the Uganda Communications Act 2013 and Regulation 5 of the Uganda Communications (Content) Regulations 2019. Both interesting documents we will explore in due time.
Apparently, these guidelines are not new. The regulator first released a similar notice in March 2018 and stated that it would be enforced the following month. In 2019, it increased the pressure on online platforms to get registered.

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They were required to obtain a licence that would cost $20 (74,012 Ugandan shillings) to continue operation, but this time the figure is set at $97 (100,000 Ugandan shillings).
While the previous notice vaguely specified what it meant by online platforms, the recent one clearly spells them out for the avoidance of doubt. The UCC says 48 broadcasters have registered so far, and it’s encouraging others …

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