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Tanzania lifts ban on 4 newspapers

Civilians learn newspapers on show following the demise of Tanzania’s President John Magufuli in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania March 18, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer/File Picture

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DAR ES SALAAM, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Tanzania has lifted a ban on 4 newspapers, a senior authorities official mentioned on Thursday, a part of a fitful coverage by President Samia Suluhu Hassan to chill out media restrictions imposed throughout her predecessor’s 5 years in workplace.

Nape Nnauye, the minister for Data and Data Communication Expertise, issued publishing licences to newspapers Mwanahalisi, Mawio, Mseto and Tanzania Daima, an opposition-leaning outlet.

Hassan, who took workplace final 12 months, beforehand lifted a ban imposed by late President John Magufuli on some on-line tv channels. Nevertheless, her authorities has additionally imposed its personal restrictions on different newspapers.

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Saed Kubenea, the director of Hali Halisi publishers which owns a few of the reinstated newspapers, mentioned Thursday’s choice was encouraging.

“Almost all these newspapers completed their punishments two or three years in the past and likewise they received courtroom instances. Nevertheless, they weren’t allowed to return to the market. However let bygones be bygones,” he mentioned after receiving the licences.

The 4 newspapers had been banned in the course of the Magufuli administration for quite a lot of causes, together with incitement.

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Rights teams accused Magufuli of suppressing media freedom, which the federal government denied.

Final 12 months, Hassan’s authorities briefly banned two newspapers together with the ruling party-owned newspaper, Uhuru for publishing false information towards the president.

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