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Jamii Media Co. Limited

Jamii Media Co. Limited

According to information Requested from Business Registrations and Licensing Agency (BRELA) on Sep 14, 2018, Jamii Media Company Limited was incorporated in 2nd July, 2008. It is managed under the Directorship of Maxence Melo (Executive Director) and Mike Mushi. This company is also runs famous social network known as Jamii Forums.com

The main aim of of establishing Jamii Forums is to create a platform in which Tanzanian society could engage in free discussions about various emerging issus such as social, political and economic issues. Jamii Forums contents cover general news and room for discussing various issues such as social, economic, political, sports and entertainment issues.

According to a GeoPoll survey on online consumption commissioned by MCT, Jamii Forums is the number one news website with XX.XXX% audience share. According to Alexa Traffic, it ranks 5th amongst the social forums in the country (October, 2018). A report by the Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC)) states that the forum had more than 2.4 Million users, 28 Million mobile subscribers and up to 600,000 people using its online forum daily in August 2017.

The company was founded and is now owned by Maxence Melo and Mike Mushi.

Since its establishment, Jamii media has been experiencing pressures and threat from varius people incuding politicians and government officials. This situation was also noted in February, 2008 when the owners were arrested by the Police for an interrogation on suspicion of criminal activity. However, no evidence was found to back that allegation.

Jamii Media filed a Constitutional case in 2016 at High of Tanzania against Tanzania Police force asking the court to declare that the Police power to demand personal information on individual suspected of crimes under Sections 32 and 38 of the Cyber Crime Act, 2015, is unconstitutional. In March, 2017 the High court announced that said Provisions were constitutional.

In December 2016, Melo and Mushi were arraigned before the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court and charged with three criminal offences: of managing a domain that is not registered in Tanzania contrary to Electronic and Postal Communication Act of 2010 and offence of obstructing Investigation on sensitive information published by user members (whistleblower) on Jamii Website contrary to section 22(2) of Cyber Crimes Act of 2015. In June, 2018 they were acquitted by Magistrate’s court as the court found that they have no case to answer for the alleged offence of obstructing investigations in contravention of Cyber Crimes Act, 2015. To date (October, 2018), they have remain charged with two cases which is still on prosecution witnesses hearing.

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Business Form

Private

Legal Form

Limited Liability Company

Business Sectors

Jamii Forum is a registered Online Content Service at TCRA.

Ownership

Individual Owner

Maxence M. Melo

holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engeneering and has worked for a construction company, before he co-founded Jamii Forums. He also is a digital activist who promote freedom of expression, digital security and freedom of information and he is not a member of any political party in Tanzania.

Mike Mushi - co-founded Jamii Forum he was only 16 years old. He started managing the platform right after completing Green Acres Primary school in 2003. Today, he is Director as well as Head of Business Partnership and Marketing at Jamii Media. He persued a Bachelor degree in Business Administration with Information Technology at LearnIT from 2010 to 2013.

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Mike Mushi

co-founded Jamii Forum he was only 16 years old. He started managing the platform right after completing Green Acres Primary school in 2003. Today, he is Director as well as Head of Business Partnership and Marketing at Jamii Media. He persued a Bachelor degree in Business Administration with Information Technology at LearnIT from 2010 to 2013.

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jamiiforums.com

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Media Business

Online Content Services / Plattform

Jamii Media Co. Limited

Business

only media business

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General Information

Founding Year

2nd July, 2008

Founder

Maxence Melo - holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engeneering and has worked for a construction company, before he co-founded Jamii Forums. He also is a digital activist who promote freedom of expression, digital security and freedom of information and he is not a member of any political party in Tanzania. #
Mike Mushi - co-founded Jamii Forum he was only 16 years old. He started managing the platform right after completing Green Acres Primary school in 2003. Today, he is Director as well as Head of Business Partnership and Marketing at Jamii Media. He persued a Bachelor degree in Business Administration with Information Technology at LearnIT from 2010 to 2013.

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Contact

Jamii Media Co. Limited

P. O. Box 4203

DAR ES SALAAM

maxence@jamiiforums.com

Tel:+255 758525253

Tax/ ID Number

BRELA Incorporation N°66333

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Operating Profit (in Mill. $)

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Management

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Supervisory Board

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Further Information

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ownership data is not publicly available, company/channel denies the release of information or does not respond, no public record exists

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Meta Data

Company is available at BRELA, was requested, however, not released due to a pending court case. Registered at TCRA (only one shareholder mentioned). No return of questionnaires.

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