According to a government directive through the Uganda Communication’s Commission (UCC), Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are to block all unauthorized news sites publishing content online from the East African nation.
There is a purported letter from the UCC to the ISPs doing round on social media. If the letter is anything to go by, ISPs are required to disable access to all ‘unauthorized’ news sites in Uganda, which have not received the regulator’s permission to publish content.
“Reference is made to the above subject matter and a public notice issued by the Uganda Communications Commission on the 6th March 2018 requiring all Online Data Communication Service Providers (online newspaper service providers) to apply and obtain authorization from the Commission,” reads the letter in part.
Included in the letter is a table listing various online news sites and whether they have been authorized to publish content in Uganda or not. The list contains 14 media outlets, but only two are marked as authorized while the rest are marked as “application in process.”
“The purpose of this letter, therefore, is to DIRECT you to IMMEDIATELY SUSPEND the provision of carriage services …read more