On July 1, the Ugandan government began enforcing a new law that imposes a 200 shilling [US$0.05, 2£0.04] daily levy on people using internet messaging platforms, despite protests to the contrary from local and international online free speech
This move, according to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, has the dual purpose of strengthening the national budget and also curtailing gossip by Ugandans on social media. It was also popular among local telecom providers, who do not directly
benefit from the use of foreign-based over-the-top services such as Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp.
The polic was preceded with an order to register all new mobile SIM cards with the National Biometric Data Centre. The measure also forces Ugandans to only use mobile money accounts in order to recharge their SIM cards and makes it mandatory to
pay a one percent levy on the total value of transaction on any mobile money transaction .
These new policies make it more costly for Ugandans -- especially those living in poverty -- to communicate and perform everyday tasks using their mobile devices.
On July 2, civil society and legal advocates in Uganda filed a court challenge against the law, arguing that it violates the country's constitution.
A protester demonstrates his opposition to Uganda's social media tax at a gathering on July 6, 2018.
On July 6, concerned citizens and civil society advocates issued a joint press statement [see below] calling on Ugandans to avoid paying the tax by using alternate methods to exchange money and access social media, and to join a National Day of
Peaceful Protest Against Unfair Taxation on Wednesday, July 11, 2018.
The Global Voices community and our network of friends and allies wish to support this and other efforts to demand an end to the tax. We believe that this tax is simply a ploy to censor Ugandans and gag dissenting voices.
We believe social media should be freely accessible for all people, including Ugandans. The Ugandan social media tax must go!
On Monday, July 9, beginning at 14:00 East Africa Time, we plan to tweet at community leaders, government and diplomatic actors, and media influencers to increase awareness and draw public attention to the issue. We especially encourage fellow
bloggers and social media users all over the world to join us.
Nature gets nasty on Horror Channel in July with Animal Attack Season, a beastly collection of movies which will claw their way into your nightmares each Saturday at 9pm.
The season starts on the 7th with the big screen version of a Stephen king classic, Cujo. Then the following week a movie that has real bite, Burning Bright. Johnny Gavenau's latest get-quick-rich scheme is to turn his Florida ranch
into a Safari Park. As the main attraction he buys a dangerous Bengal tiger from an unscrupulous circus trader. But the ravenous beast gets loose, it's only refuge the ranch house interior where stepdaughter Kelly and her autistic little brother
The 21st contains a UK TV premiere which is a terrifying tale of survival in the mangrove swamps of Northern Australia, Black Water. James Marsden, Thomas Jane, and Billy Bob Thornton star in our final movie of this beastly season on the
28th, Into The Grizzly Maze. After a relentless grizzly starts to wreak havoc on a small town, the sheriff heads into the forest to find his ecologist wife but instead crosses paths with his estranged, ex-con brother. They soon find
themselves on the run from the massive killer bear.
23rd - 27th August 2018
Prince Charles + Cineworld, Leicester Square, London
Arrow Video FrightFest 2018 is delighted to present Graham Humphreys' stunning artwork for this year's annual Bank Holiday event, the UK's largest celebration of genre cinema, taking place at Cineworld Leicester Square and The Prince Charles
Cinema between Thurs Aug 23 & Mon Aug 27, 2018.
For Graham, celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein seemed too important to ignore:
UK-based organisations will host events across Britain this year to mark Banned Books
Week: bringing the internationally-celebrated event to a UK-wide audience for the first time.
Mirroring a similar initiative in the United States, the organisations -- including the British Library, Index on Censorship, Royal Society of Literature and English PEN -- are encouraging libraries, book shops, schools and reading groups to hold
events that celebrate the freedom to read and challenge the silencing of voices and ideas.
Jodie Ginsberg, chief executive of Index on Censorship, one of the groups spearheading Banned Books Week UK, said:
This year marks 50 years since we abolished government censorship of the theatre in this country. It's a good time to think about what is getting published today and why -- and who are the modern censors.
Celebrated works of literature that have experienced bans or censorship worldwide in recent years include the Harry Potter books, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird , Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series and John Green's The
Fault in Our Stars .
Banned Books Week will take place from September 23 to 29 2018. Events will include a special evening at the British Library marking the Theatres Act 1968, which abolished theatre censorship in the United Kingdom, as well as readings and talks
across the country.
The British Library is delighted to be a partner in Banned Books Week 2018 said Roly Keating, Chief Executive of the British Library. We are looking forward to events in the autumn in which we'll be holding conversations about theatrical
censorship past and present, and encourage libraries, bookshops and schools across the country to join in by hosting their own events and getting everyone involved in debating this vital issue.
Previous Banned Books Week events have included discussions on The Satanic Verses controversy; a talk on the unsayable with cartoonist Martin Rowson; and David Aaronovitch and guests exploring tactics used to censor voices around the world.
Anyone interested in hosting their own event is urged to do so under the Banned Books Banner and resources will be made available for schools and libraries later in the year.
Islington Libraries will produce a list of some of the world's best-known banned books for the occasion and everyone is encouraged to pick up a banned book.