Tanzanian authorities prevented Dr. Wairagala Wakabi, executive director of CIPESA, from attending the commemoration of the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders’ Day when they arrested him upon arrival in the country and deported him back to Uganda several hours later.
The East African Court of Justice (EACJ) ruled that multiple sections of Tanzania’s 2016 Media Services Act, including those on sedition, criminal defamation, and false news publication, restrict press freedom and freedom of expression, and breach the constitutive treaty of the East African Community.
The Media Council of Tanzania (MCT) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) have developed a media ownership monitoring (MOM) map showing who owns and ultimately controls Tanzania’s mass media.
Officers who identified themselves as working with the Tanzanian immigration authority detained CPJ staffers Angela Quintal and Muthoki Mumo for several hours on 7 November in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. They were released midday on 8 November.
The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority’s decision to fine 5 TV stations came after the stations had covered a report by an NGO alleging that abuses were committed by security personnel during the country’s November 26 ward by-election.
There is growing concern among NGOs in Tanzania at the disappearance of journalist Azori Gwanda, who has been missing since 21 November 2017.
Tanzania’s Information, Sports and Culture minister imposed a 24-month ban on “Mawio”‘s print editions and any articles posted online over articles that mentioned two retired presidents in reports on an investigation into misconduct.
Tanzanian President John Magufuli’s ominous warning to journalists that press freedom has “limits” following a sequence of events that led to the firing of his information minister has raised new concerns about authoritarianism in the east African republic.
A subsidiary of Canada’s Barrick Gold is once again embroiled in a free expression controversy. This time over threats to journalists who reported on mining issues.
The arrest on Tuesday of Maxence Melo, founder and editor of Jamii Forum, the popular Tanzanian website, has raised serious concerns among the human rights community in the region.
On 14 September 2016, five Internet users were arraigned before a Tanzanian Court on charges of insulting President John Magufuli on social media.
Tanzania’s information minister told reporters that Mawio newspaper had been barred from publishing for allegedly inciting violence in articles. He cited a report in which he said the paper declared the opposition candidate the winner in presidential elections in Zanzibar.
Tanzanian lawmakers have withdrawn the Access to Information Act and the Media Services Act from discussion during the current parliamentary session.
The East African was removed from newsstands in Tanzania on 21 January 2015. The paper was ordered to stop publishing because it been circulating without registration, contrary to section 6 of the Newspaper Act 1976.