Benin is the latest African nation taxing the internet
By Abdi Latif Dahir
Benin has joined a growing list of African states imposing levies for using the internet.
The government passed a decree in late August taxing its citizens for accessing the internet and social-media apps. The directive, first proposed in July, institutes a fee (link in French) of 5 CFA francs ($0.008) per megabyte consumed through services like Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter. It also introduces a 5% fee, on top of taxes, on texting and calls, according to advocacy group Internet Sans Frontières (ISF).
Photo courtesy of Kārlis Dambrāns.