Tanzania

Threats from government officials against media outlets in Tanzania have led to a culture of self-censorship among journalists. With sedition, publication of “false news”, insult, criminal defamation and cyber security laws used to arrest individuals dissenting on social media, Tanzanian authorities have taken steps to persecute and prosecute dissent in the media and among the public.

With the passage and rigorous implementation of the repressive Media Services Act and the Cyber Crime Act, the government has been granted broad powers to restrict free speech. The Media Services Act criminalises “sedition” and “false news”, which the Cyber Crime Act enables broad surveillance powers and criminal charges for expression online. The Penal Code also continues to be used to suppress dissenting voices.

ARTICLE 19 focuses on bringing the international community’s attention to violations in the country through engagement with international mechanisms, and training journalists and local civil society groups to effectively engage with UN and AU bodies. We monitor digital threats and surveillance tactics, and develop mitigation strategies to help civil society and human rights defenders continue their work without suffering censorship.

19.01.2018 3 min read

Tanzania: Communications Regulator fines TV stations for broadcasting “seditious” content

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13.12.2017 3 min read

Tanzania: Concern grows for missing journalist Azory Gwanda

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01.11.2017 3 min read

Tanzania: Ban on newspapers raises concerns for press freedom

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22.09.2017 4 min read

Tanzania: Newspaper MwanaHalisi banned for sedition

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29.03.2017 4 min read

Tanzania: President Magufuli must respect media rights and freedom of expression

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15.03.2017 4 min read

Tanzania: Cybercrimes Act upheld in further blow to free expression

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22.09.2016 3 min read

UN HRC: UPR outcome of the United Republic of Tanzania

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Tanzania: Another newspaper banned in continuing harassment of press
21.01.2016 3 min read

Tanzania: Another newspaper banned in continuing harassment of press

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Tanzania: Significant progress not yet made
22.09.2015 2 min read

Tanzania: Significant progress not yet made

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