ARTICLE 19 WARNS OF ZANZIBAR ELECTION FARCE
In an April 2000 report entitled "Zanzibar: Democracy on Shaky Foundations", ARTICLE 19 noted that the main Zanzibar law with regard to the print media is "far more sweeping and repressive" than the equivalent law in mainland Tanzania. "A measure of its heavy-handedness is the fact that, in dramatic contrast to the mainland, not a single privately-owned newspaper or news magazine is based in Zanzibar," according to the report. It adds that Zanzibar's print media act "lays down difficult and arbitrary conditions for the practice of print journalism, including government licensing of individual journalists and steep conditions on ownership and publication of newspapers. In addition, it gives government officials and the police almost limitless powers to seize publications, search premises, effect arrests and suspend or ban publications or individual journalists. These provisions are reinforced by archaic provisions on sedition and defamation." For more information, including the full April 2000 report, see the ARTICLE 19 website: http://www.article19.org.">http://www.article19.org">http://www.article19.org.