Tanzania / Africa

Journalists attacked in Tanzania since 1992

  

Jamii Forums founder Maxence Melo convicted on obstruction charge, released in Tanzania

Nairobi, November 19, 2020 – The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern about the conviction of Maxence Melo, founder of the Tanzanian online discussion platform Jamii Forums, on charges of obstruction. On November 17, the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court acquitted Melo on charges of operating a website that was not registered in Tanzania, but…

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Ahead of elections, Tanzania’s regulator is used as a cudgel against the media

On August 27, the second day of mainland Tanzania’s official campaign period leading up to October 28 elections, authorities ordered privately owned broadcasters Clouds TV and Clouds FM to replace their regular programming with an hours-long apology until midnight and then halt programming altogether for a week.   The over-the-top display of repentance was dictated by the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA), on the…

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Tanzania bans Kwanza Online TV for 11 months citing ‘misleading’ Instagram post on COVID-19

Nairobi, July 9, 2020 — Tanzania’s broadcasting regulator should immediately lift its suspension of Kwanza Online TV and stop weaponizing regulations against critical media outlets, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On July 2, the Contents Committee of the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority, a department within the country’s broadcast regulator, sent a letter to…

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Tanzanian government revokes license of Tanzania Daima newspaper

Nairobi, June 26, 2020 – Tanzanian authorities should immediately restore Tanzania Daima’s license and allow all newspapers to publish freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. In a June 23 statement, Tanzania’s Information Services Department, which registers print media, announced it would revoke Tanzania Daima’s distribution and publication license as of June 24, according…

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People are seen in Namanga, Tanzania, on March 16, 2020. Tanzanian authorities recently suspnded the Mwananchi newspaper from publishing online for six months over a COVID-19 report. (AFP/Filbert Rweyemamu)

Tanzanian newspaper banned from publishing online for 6 months over COVID-19 report

On April 16, 2020, Tanzania’s communications regulator banned the privately owned Mwananchi newspaper from publishing online for six months and fined it five million Tanzanian shillings ($2,173) for allegedly publishing false news, according to a public notice by the regulator and a report by the newspaper’s sister publication, The Citizen.

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Maxence Melo leaves court in Dar es Salaam yesterday after being convicted of obstructing police investgiations. (Jamii Forums)

Tanzanian court convicts Maxence Melo of obstructing investigation, levies fine

Nairobi, April 9, 2020— In response to a Tanzanian court’s conviction yesterday of Maxence Melo, founder of the online discussion and whistleblowing platform Jamii Forums, on charges of obstructing police investigations, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement:

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Investigative journalist Erick Kabendera is seen in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, August 19, 2019. Kabendera was released today from detention but faces large fines. (Reuters/Emmanuel Herman)

Tanzanian journalist Erick Kabendera freed, but faces hefty fines

Nairobi, February 24, 2020 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed the release of Tanzanian freelance journalist Erick Kabendera but expressed concern about the hefty fines levied against him.

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, is seen on July 12, 2013. Tanzanian authorities recently banned one online TV station and fined two others. (Reuters/Andrew Emmanuel)

Tanzanian authorities ban online TV station, fine 2 others

On September 27, 2019, Tanzania’s broadcasting regulator suspended the privately owned internet-based broadcaster Kwanza Online TV for six months and fined two other online stations, Watetezi TV and Ayo TV, according to statements by Kwanza Online TV and the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition, a network of local nongovernmental organizations, which owns Watetezi TV.

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A Tanzanian police officer is seen in Dar es Salaam on October 28, 2015. Tanzanian authorities recently arrested Sebastian Atilio on false news charges. (AP/Khalfan Said)

Tanzanian authorities charge Sebastian Atilio with false news over WhatsApp posts

Nairobi, September 16, 2019 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over Tanzania’s use of false news and journalist accreditation laws to arrest Sebastian Atilio.

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Tanzanian investigative journalist Erick Kabendera is seen in Dar es Salaam on August 19, 2019. Kabendera has experienced health problems while in detention, his lawyer said. (Reuters/Emmanuel Herman)

Detained Tanzanian journalist Erick Kabendera in need of medical attention

Nairobi, August 30, 2019 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern about reports that detained Tanzanian journalist Erick Kabendera’s health is failing and called for Tanzanian authorities to release him immediately.

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