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The co-founder of leading East African online discussion forum Jamii Forums
was arrested in Dar Es Salaam
, Tanzania, on December 13. He has been charged with obstructing investigation, due to his non-compliance with police requests for forum members’ personal data.
Jamii Forums hosts Reddit-like comment and discussion threads on a range of mostly political topics, and also allows users to post documents and other materials to the site. Maxence Melo and Jamii Forums co-founder Mike Mushi have periodically faced challenges from state and federal authorities
since the early days of Jamii Forums, where various corruption allegations against government officials and ruling party members have surfaced.
The charge falls under Tanzania’s relatively new and controversial Cybercrimes Law
, which has been used to prosecute numerous social media users
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