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Media in Tanzania Relieved as Authorities Lifts Ban on 4 Newspapers

Tanzanian media have welcomed the federal government’s choice to raise a ban on 4 newspapers that was imposed by the late President John Magufuli.

The federal government of President Samia Hassan issued new publishing licenses this week to newspapers Mwanahalisi, Mawio, Mseto, and Tanzania Daima. The latter is owned by opposition chief Freeman Mbowe, who’s behind bars, going through financial fees.

Talking throughout a gathering with editors Thursday, Minister of Info Nape Nnauye mentioned the papers’ licenses have been restored on the orders of Hassan as a part of her promise to uphold press freedom.

FILE – Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan takes the oath of workplace in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, March 19, 2021.

If the federal government means to have a contemporary begin with journalists, he mentioned, it ought to categorical that dedication with actions and never mere phrases.

Nonetheless, Hassan’s authorities has suspended different papers deemed to have run afoul of Tanzania’s media legislation.

Final yr, the weekly paper Raia Mwema was suspended for 30 days for linking a gunman who killed 4 folks to the ruling celebration CCM.

The Uhuru newspaper was suspended for every week after publishing a narrative in regards to the president saying she wouldn’t search one other time period in 2025.

Salome Kitomari of the Media Institute of Southern Africa in Tanzania (MISA), a company that defends freedom of expression, welcomed the information that the 4 banned newspapers will once more be allowed to publish, but in addition mentioned she hopes to see the media legislation amended.

Kitomari added that she was completely happy the minister talked about eradicating some restrictions in media legislation to verify journalists are allowed freedom of expression and entry to info.

The administration of late President Magufuli was criticized for muzzling the press by suspending licenses and imposing heavy fines.

Saed Kubenea, proprietor of a number of the restored newspapers, mentioned that almost all of the newspapers had completed their punishments two or three years in the past and received courtroom circumstances, however nonetheless had not been allowed to publish. However, he added, the federal government’s motion this week is promising.

For the second, the federal government retains the facility to close down publications or broadcasters that it sees as publishing faux information or being too harsh on the president and ruling celebration.

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