17 August 2012

Tanzania: Hands Off Confidential Documents, Media Warned

Dodoma — THE government has warned individuals and media houses to desist from releasing government confidential reports without permission.

Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda said, "There is law governing confidential information, individuals and media breaking this law by releasing confidential information to the public will not be spared. So I am urging every one not to force the government to employ the law."

Premier Pinda was responding to a question from Ismail Aden Rage (Tabora Urban - CCM), during the Prime Minister's question time session yesterday, who wanted to know the government's stand on media houses, quoting government confidential documents in their reports.

Prime Minister Pinda said it is true that some media houses are quoting confidential government documents, in their reports which is against the law. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Pinda has said the government's decision to suspend Mwanahalisi Newspaper was within the law.

The premier was responding to a question paused by Mr Freeman Mbowe (Hai- Chadema), who wanted to know why the government did not take Mwanahalisi to court instead of suspending it. Mr Pinda said the government will continue using the law enacted by parliament, until it is reviewed and amended.

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