Tanzania - Alerts
Local journalists suspect the ban may be related to a series of articles in the paper linking authorities to the kidnap and torture in late June of a physician who had led a doctor's strike.
MISA notes that Tanzania has a progressive and functioning media council that could have been engaged by the state in order to seek redress. That the charges are based on the Newspaper Act speaks to the need for continuous review and tangible reform of legislation that governs media operations in the country.
Sixteen human rights activists were detained in Dar es Salaam on allegations of illegal assembly and breach of peace.
The "RAI" newspaper and columnist Prince Bagenda have been fined approximately US$9,000 in total.
The Tanzanian government has threatened to deregister the "Mwananchi" and "MwanaHalisi" newspapers for publishing materials with the intention of inciting chaos.
The government has shut down the "Leo Tena" newspaper and suspended publication of the "Kulikoni" newspaper for 90 days.
Unidentified individuals broke into journalist Fredrick Katulanda's home, attacked him and demanded that he hand over a document he had received from a source.
Police in the Singida region interrogated freelance journalist Jumbe Ismailly for allegedly defaming Regional Commissioner Parseko Kone.
After suffering a government ban for three months for allegedly tarnishing the name of the head of state and personal attacks that left its editor, Saed Kubenea, almost blind, the "Mwanahalisi" newspaper has now challenged the constitutionality of the Newspapers Act.
The High Court of Tanzania has ordered the weekly newspaper "Mwanahalisi", as well as two printing companies to pay a sum of 3 billion Tanzania shilling
(MISA/IFEX) - On 13 February 2009, the Tanzanian minister of information, sports and culture ordered three newspapers to provide reasons why they published what he calls "defamatory" news reports. The newspapers in question are "Taifa Letu", "Sema Usikize" and "Taifa Tanzania".
(MISA/IFEX) - The Africa Press Agency reports that journalists from various media houses have demonstrated their displeasure at the suppression of press freedom in Tanzania during a protest march on 29 October 2008 in Dar es Salaam.
(MISA/IFEX) - On 8 October 2008, Tanzania's Freedom of Information Bill Coalition Campaign submitted a draft Media Services Bill to the Minister of Information and Culture, Hon. George Mkuchika, at his offices in the capital Dar es Salaam. The draft is part of civil society efforts to advocate for media policy changes in Tanzania.
(MISA/IFEX) - The Tanzanian government has suspended "Mwanahalisi" newspaper for its alleged practice of running stories with the intention of "inciting public hatred" against the president and contributing to misunderstanding within the president's family.
(WAN/IFEX) - The following is an excerpt from the 31 July 2008 RAP 21 Newsletter:
(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders condemns raids by the police on "Mwanahalisi", a weekly based in Dar es Salaam, and the home of its editor, Saeed Kubenea, on 18 July 2008. The head of the criminal investigation department said the raids came in response to a complaint by the National Bank of Commerce about the publication of bank data of some of its clients.
(CPJ/IFEX) - The following is a 29 February 2007 CPJ press release:
(CPJ/IFEX) - The following is an 8 January 2008 CPJ press release:
(MISA/IFEX) - On 5 January 2008, two editors of the weekly Kiswahili-language newspaper "Mwanahalisi" were attacked and beaten by three anonymous machete-wielding assailants in their media house in Kinondoni, Dar es Salaam.
(ARTICLE 19/IFEX) - The following is a 29 March 2007 ARTICLE 19 press release: