Is Freedom of Speech Under Threat from Tanzania's Magufuli?
President John Magafuli has enforced laws and regulations to govern both digital and traditional media spaces in the country since he took office in 2015. Under his leadership, a number of opposition members have been arrested or jailed, and some people have been detained for "insulting" him. Bloggers, as well as Tanzanians operating online radio and television streaming services, are also required to apply for a license and pay an annual fee of over U.S.$900 before they can publish any material online. Online forums and social media users are also affected.
Deutsche Welle, 17 April 2018
Tanzania's new law regulating online-related content is continuing to generate protest. Critics say President Magufuli is deliberately targeting freedom of expression. Read more »
Observer, 24 April 2018
Bloggers and others running online platforms in Tanzania have two weeks to register with the government or face fines and jail time. Read more »
Citizen, 12 April 2018
A Dar es Salaam-based journalist, Paschal Mayallah and editors of a weekly tabloid, Raia Mwema, are expected to be grilled by the Parliamentary Ethical Committee following an… Read more »
This is Africa, 13 April 2018
The Tanzanian regulation known as the Electronic and Postal Communications (Online Content) Regulations 2017, which will govern social media and blogging in that country, has been… Read more »
Citizen, 29 March 2018
Nine people out of ten citizens (87 per cent) believe they should be able to criticize the government if they think there is reason to do so, reads the Twaweza's Voice of the… Read more »
African Arguments, 15 March 2018
I dared to criticise President Magufuli and nearly paid the ultimate price. Read more »
HRW, 18 January 2018
Upon taking office in October 2015, President John Pombe Magufuli committed to stamp out corruption in government and to be accountable to ordinary citizens, but instead has… Read more »