Law 'Weaponised' in Tanzania Election Clampdown - Report

Tanzanian President John Magufuli's government has "weaponised" the law in a crackdown ahead of elections on October 28, 2020, according to an Amnesty International report. Opposition leaders are facing harrassment, arbitrary arrests and intimidation from authorities, whereas the ruling party has been campaigning freely. Interviews, video reviews, photographs, official statements, court documents and media coverage, tracks the crackdown on opposition politicians, media freedom and civil society organisations. In recent months, opposition candidates have said their arrests are "meant to intimidate them". The government's tightening of what local and foreign media publish, have come into force, with opposition parties saying it is a "violation of the right to freedom of expression".

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