How Social Media Taxes Can Burden News Outlets: The Case of Uganda

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In July 2018, the government of Uganda implemented a tax on individual users of social media platforms. In the first three months following the introduction of the tax in the country, internet penetration dropped from 47 percent to 35 percent. Given that a significant amount of news circulation now happens via social media and messaging apps, how might this new tax impact the news media ecosystem? 2018 Open Internet Leader Juliet Nanfuka authors this report from the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) that explores how negative effects on news media are less direct and arguably more pernicious than might be expected.