Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority

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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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A bus on a central street in the Tanzanian city Dar es Salaam in August 2016. Authorities in Tanzania issued a directive that went into effect yesterday ordering unregistered websites to comply with the country's Electronic and Postal Communications (Online Content) Regulations or cease publication, according to reports. (AFP/Said Khalfan)

Tanzania forces forums, blogs, and streaming websites to comply with draconian regulations

Nairobi, June 12, 2018– Authorities in Tanzania should immediately rescind regulations that force online forums, blogs, and streaming websites to register with the government–a process that requires them to pay large entry fees and comply with draconian regulations–and withdraw threats of legal action for noncompliance, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Tanzania slaps fines on 5 TV stations after they report on alleged human rights abuses

Nairobi, January 12, 2018–Tanzanian authorities should immediately annul fines levied against five television stations that the country’s regulatory commission accused of broadcasting seditious and unbalanced content, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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