6 episodes

JamiiForums is a Tanzanian-based website that promotes the exchange of ideas and government transparency. The website, along with its co-founder Maxenxe Melo (Max), has come under intense scrutiny and harassment from the Tanzania government. This podcast covers Max's journey from an orphan in rural Tanzania to one of the country's most influential citizens.

Whistleblower: The Story of Maxence Melo and JamiiForums Whistleblower

    • Government
    • 5.0 • 23 Ratings

JamiiForums is a Tanzanian-based website that promotes the exchange of ideas and government transparency. The website, along with its co-founder Maxenxe Melo (Max), has come under intense scrutiny and harassment from the Tanzania government. This podcast covers Max's journey from an orphan in rural Tanzania to one of the country's most influential citizens.

    Episode 5: Why JamiiForums?

    Episode 5: Why JamiiForums?

    On April 8, 2020, Max was found guilty in one of his two remaining cases. Luckily he will avoid jail time, but the decision was a blow to the prospect of freedom of expression in Tanzania. In this episode, we wrap up our covering of Max and Jamii's story and try to give some perspective to the fight that they are engaged in.  

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    • 35 min
    Episode 4: Freedom of Expression

    Episode 4: Freedom of Expression

    In the past five years, the Tanzanian government has imposed increasingly restrictive laws and regulations on the media and online speech. In this episode, we dive into these different laws and regulations to show what they restrict, how they are being enforced, and the overall effect they are having on free speech in Tanzania. 

    • 49 min
    Episode 3: Corruption

    Episode 3: Corruption

    Max was motivated to create JamiiForums when he saw corrupt dealings while working as an engineer on the Bank of Tanzania Twin Towers. In this episode we detail Tanzania's struggle with corruption, from the influence of colonization to current trends. Corruption has cost Tanzania greatly for the past half-century, but the team at JamiiForums remains committed to transparency and accountability despite emerging threats. 

    • 42 min
    Special Edition: The International Press Freedom Award

    Special Edition: The International Press Freedom Award

    On November 22, 2019, Max was presented with the International Press Freedom Award by the Committee to Protect Journalists. This is special episode to recognize Max for this incredible achievement and provide our listeners with his speech at the award reception. 

    • 9 min
    Episode 2: Max and Jamii

    Episode 2: Max and Jamii

    In this episode we go through the main story that the podcast focuses on. We start with Max and what lead him to create JamiiForums. Then we discuss JamiiForums and the roles it has had in Tanzania politics. Finally, we go through the backlash that Max and JamiiForums have faced from the government as the continue exposing corruption. 

    • 47 min
    Episode 1: What's Going On?

    Episode 1: What's Going On?

    Thank you for checking out the podcast! This episode is an introduction to Maxence Melo and JamiiForums. Max is one of the creators of JamiiForums, a social media website in Tanzania most widely known for exposing certain corruption scandals. I got the pleasure of meeting Max a couple years ago and hearing his story, and now I would like to share it with you. 

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

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23 Ratings

23 Ratings

SCKingg ,

Important true story.

Ben Koenigsfeld recounts the eye-opening history of Maxence Melo’s fight to expose his government’s corruption. Though Melo’s story, you can see the sad fallout the people of a country face when it’s government is anti-activist and anti-free press. Can’t wait for more episodes!

rodrigostheman ,

The story is very engaging and interesting

A really good job is done describing activist Melos background and motivation for his press freedom work. His story is very compelling and the podcast does him justice 👍

This brings greater awareness on how fragile press freedoms are today. Both abroad and in America

poolejosh1 ,

Great story

Great story so far. Can’t believe this type of corruption still goes on in the world

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