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Tanzania lifts ban on 4 newspapers

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

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

Hassan, who took workplace final yr, 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.

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

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

The 4 newspapers had been banned through the Magufuli administration for a wide range of causes, together with incitement.

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

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

(Enhancing by George Obulutsa and Frank Jack Daniel)

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