Mozambique to impose high media licensing fees — Quartz Africa

Mozambique is the latest African state to put a high price tag on the right to report the news. Later this month, a new set of laws are expected to go into effect that will create exorbitant fees for both news outlets and individual reporters.

The move makes Mozambique’s already limited media space even smaller. Print, radio, and television news are dominated by state outlets. Radio is the main source of information for the majority of Mozambicans, and outside the cities, it is often the only source. Under the proposed regulations, new national radio stations will need to pay about $35,000 to secure a broadcast license. Fees for a community station will cost $830.

“There is no justification for a community radio fee to increase 100,000%, except for the fact that the government wants to close…

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