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Twenty-eight IFEX members call on the Zanzibar authorities to remove ban on journalist

(IFEX) - The following is a joint action signed by twenty-eight IFEX members
calling on the Zanzibari government to remove the ban on a journalist in

We, the undersigned, having come together in Cape Town, South Africa,
between 19 and 23 April 1999, for the Annual Conference of the International
Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX), wish to express our concern and alarm
at the move of the government of Zanzibar to ban a local freelance
journalist Mwinyi Sadallah from working on the Island.

The journalist files stories for the mainland-based private news agency
Press Service of Tanzania.

Announcing the ban, the Director of Information Services, Hamidu Vuai, said
he will not consider Mwinyi Sadallah's application for permission to
practice journalism until he refrains from "inventing stories" and works on
the island according to "professional" ethics.

We therefore call on authorities in Zanzibar to:

Immediately remove the ban on Mwinyi Sadallah and desist from harassing
journalists working on the Island.

Respect the right to free expression and media freedom of the Zanzibari and
Tanzanian people, as enshrined in the country's constitution and other
treaties to which Zanzibar as part of Tanzania is a signatory.

Cape Town, April 22.


Alliance of Independent Journalists, AJI, Indonesia
AMARC - World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters
ANEM, Association of Independent Electronic Media, Yugoslavia
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression
EOHR, Egyptian Organization for Human Rights
Free Expression Ghana
Free Media Movement - Sri Lanka
Freedom House
Freedom of Expression Institute
Glasnost Defence Foundation, Moscow, Russia
HKJA, Hong Kong Journalists Association
Independent Journalism Centre (IJC), Nigeria
Index on Censorship, London, U.K.
ISAI, Institute for the Studies on Free Flow of Information, Indonesia
International Press Institute
IPYS, Instituto Prensa y Sociedad, Peru
Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA)
Media Watch, Bangladesh
Network for the Defence of Independent Media in Africa (NDIMA)
Norwegian Forum for Freedom of Expression, Oslo, Norway
Paraguay Union of Journalists - Sindicato del Periodistas de Paraguay
PINA, Pacific Islands News Association, Suva, Fiji
Periodistas, Argentinian Association for the Defence of independent
Reporters' Association of Thailand (RAT)
WAJA, West African Journalists Association
Writers in Prison Committee, International PEN

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