Tanzania goes back on decision to lift media ban

  • Written by Reuters staff
  • Published on 7th April 2021
 
FILE PHOTO: Tanzania’s new President Samia Suluhu Hassan is seen after taking oath of office following the death of her predecessor John Pombe Magufuli at State House in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania March 19, 2021. Tanzania State House Press/Handout via REUTERS
 
  •  President Samia Suluhu Hassan has reversed the decision to lift a ban on all media in Tanzania and restated that only online television media would be able to operate freely. This would also apply to newspapers, which were banned under the former Presidency of Magulfi. Rights groups have stated that under Magulfi’s rule, newspapers and websites were shut down and journalists were imprisoned.
  • On Tuesday 6th April 2021, President Samia Suluhu Hassan had announced that the ban on all media in Tanzania, which was imposed by the former President Magulfi, would be lifted. This decision was welcomed by advocates of the freedom of the press in Tanzania and across the world. In addition, the President had announced that there would be a committee formed to investigate Covid-19, which suggested that there would be a shift in direction from the previous government.
 

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