Thursday, August 06, 2020

Paradigm collaborates with Tanzanians to draft Digital Rights and Freedom Bill 2020 - ITREALMS

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Paradigm Initiative has collaborated with the Tanzanian internet stakeholders to draft a Digital Rights and Freedom Bill 2020 for the country, reports ITREALMS.

A press statement available to 
ITREALMS, the organisation said the two-day coalition workshop brought together digital rights stakeholders including civil society groups, lawyers, bloggers, journalists, and the academia in the United Republic of Tanzania.

The event took place at Holiday Inn in Dar es Salaam with the Tanzania participants coming together to discuss the state of digital rights in Tanzania with support from Paradigm Initiative that joined the meeting virtually.

According to officials of Paradigm Initiative, “The workshop culminated in the drafting of a Digital Rights and Freedom Bill, 2020 for Tanzania. It is hoped that this Bill, inspired by Nigeria’s Digital Rights and Freedoms Bill, will be embraced by the Tanzanian parliament and regulatory authorities after the elections in 2020 and subsequently enacted into law." 

They also noted the Bill presents liberal and progressive proposals which, if enacted into law, will definitely safeguard the digital rights and freedoms of all Tanzanians.

Senior Program Manager at Paradigm, Adeboye Adegoke was quoted as saying that the Bill seeks to fill the lacuna that exists in the current legal and institutional framework for digital rights protection in Tanzania and to offer more robust protection.

“Undoubtedly, it will not only be an auxiliary legislation to the Electronic and Postal Communications Act (EPOCA) and the Cyber-Crimes Act but also reinforce the existing internet-use regulations.”

The organization, he said, hopes to keep the discussion going especially with other relevant stakeholders from Tanzania and with the Tanzanian government agencies such as the TCRA.

In addition, he said, the next step in the process is the sustained engagement of all relevant stakeholders in Tanzania, including the government to ensure that the bill that will be presented to the parliament represents the views of the people of Tanzanians.

Nenye Dom/Editor

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