Media owners, publishers and journalism groups have agreed not to cover any news event, publish statements or pictures of the Minister of Information, Culture and Sports or that of the country's Director of Information.
According to a Mail & Guardian Online report, it follows the decision by the government to ban the MwanaHalisi and Mwananchi newspapers for writing what it called seditious stories. The statement was signed by representatives from the Media Owners' Association of Tanzania, Tanzania Editors' Forum, the Media Institute of Southern Africa, Tanzania Chapter, the Media Council of Tanzania, the Union of Tanzania Press Clubs, Dar es Salaam City Press Clubs and Tanzania Human Rights Defenders.
The signatories said they were saddened by the government's decision to ignore the public outcry.
'We have also been saddened by the government silence on our plea to have the 1976 Newspapers Act amended despite being mentioned by a number of stakeholders as a roadblock to press freedom,' they added, according to the report.