Uganda social media tax to be reviewedThursday, 12 July 2018 00:00
Uganda is reviewing its decision to impose taxes on the use of social media and on money transactions by mobile phone, following a public backlash.
Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda made the announcement soon after police broke up a protest against the taxes.
President Yoweri Museveni had pushed for the taxes to boost government revenue and to end "gossip" on WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter.
Critics accused the 75-year-old of trying to stifle dissenting voices.
The social media tax targets the use of what are described as Over The Top (OTT) services, which offer "voice and messaging over the internet", according to a previous statement by telecom companies.
Users are asked to make an electronic payment before they can access the sites.
The social media tax is 200 Uganda shillings [$0.05, £0.04].
Activists argue that while the amount may seem little, it represents a significant slice of what poorer people are paying for getting online.
Turkey to take delivery of first batch of S-400 systems in late 2018: FMWednesday, 11 July 2018 00:00
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says his country will take delivery of the first batch of advanced S-400 air defense missile systems from Russia by late next year.
Germans want US troops withdrawal, poll findsWednesday, 11 July 2018 00:00
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Turkish forces ‘neutralize’ 18 PKK terrorists in Turkey, hit their bases in IraqWednesday, 11 July 2018 00:00
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Trump attacks Germany on opening day of NATO summitWednesday, 11 July 2018 00:00
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US softens stance on Iran sanctions amid warningsWednesday, 11 July 2018 00:00
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