[bestbits] Fwd: New CIMA Report: How Social Media Taxes Can Burden News Outlets: The Case of Uganda

Carolina Rossini carolina.rossini at gmail.com
Tue May 14 14:17:28 EDT 2019


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From: Center for International Media Assistance <cima at ned.org>
Date: Tue, May 14, 2019 at 1:07 PM
Subject: New CIMA Report: How Social Media Taxes Can Burden News Outlets:
The Case of Uganda
To: <carolina.rossini at gmail.com>


Read CIMA's latest report


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*The Center for International Media Assistance is pleased to release*

*How Social Media Taxes Can Burden News Outlets:*
*The Case of Uganda*
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Almost a year ago, Uganda implemented the first-of-its-kind social media
tax on individual users. To access social media and services, citizens are
now required to pay a 200 Ugandan shillings (approximately 5 US cents)
daily tax. Critics charge that rather than raising revenue, the ultimate
goal of this policy is to stifle freedom of expression online. They point
to how the tax has caused an immediate drop in internet use, stifled
economic growth, and yet failed to generate meaningful income. As audiences
worldwide report accessing news via social media, how has this new tax
impacted how Ugandans are getting news and information?

In CIMA's latest digital report, "*How Social Media Taxes Can Burden News
Outlets: The Case of Uganda*
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Juliet Nanfuka examines the impact of the social media tax on news
circulation and reporting. She finds that the negative effects are less
direct and arguably more pernicious than might be expected. While many new
websites have not seen a noticeable dip in readership yet, journalists have
reported a marked drop in engagement online. Ultimately, Nanfuka argues
that the tax is a step in the wrong direction. Given that other countries
in the region are contemplating similar measures, the possible implications
reach far beyond Uganda.

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please explore our website at www.cima.ned.org
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