Connect with us

MEDIA & ADVERTISING

Government bans weekly newspaper for two years

Published

on

Newspaper banned for linking former presidents to corruption in mining.

The government of Tanzanian has banned a weekly tabloid from publishing for two years after the newspaper linked former presidents Benjamin Mkapa and Jakaya Kikwete to the mineral concentrates dispute.

The Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and sports Dr Harrison Mwakyembe imposed the ban on Mawio, the Kiswahili newspaper, through a statement by the Director of Information services, Dr Hassan Abbasi on Thursday evening.

Dr Abbasi said the ban takes effect immediately. Mawio’s Wednesday edition carried the photographs of the former presidents on its front page with a story detailing the two leaders’ role in the problems afflicting the mining sector in Tanzania.

“I have been left with no other option than to use powers conferred to me by the information services Act to impose a ban on Mawio from publication for the next 24 months,” read part of the letter from the minister to Mawio editor.

Apart from printing, the newspaper will also not be allowed to run the digital version or on its social platforms. Mawio was accused of ignoring a government directive on reporting of the former presidents.

On Wednesday, President John Magufuli warned the media against linking Mkapa and Kikwete with reports of the dispute with mining giant Acacia, after holding talks with Barrick Gold Chairman Prof John Thornton at the State House on Wednesday.

See Also: Top editors at Kenyan newspaper protest sex abuse probe

“Media should stop tarnishing their reputation. They have done a great work in serving this country. We should let them rest,” the President said.

This is the second time for the newspaper to be shut under President Maghufuli. In January 2016, Mawio was permanently banned from publishing in print and online and two of its editors briefly detained for allegedly inciting violence. The government uses the draconian 1976 Media Act, Government Announcement 55.

The government cited a report in which he said the paper declared the opposition candidate the winner in presidential elections in Zanzibar, and a headline that loosely translated as “Unrest coming to Zanzibar.”

The Tanzanian government is notorious for banning newspapers that are critical to its governance. Mwananchi and Mtanzania titles were suspended on Friday 27 September 2013 for taking a critical stance towards government policy.

Read: Posta turns mobile phone numbers into postal addresses

The then director of information services said the newspapers were suspended “due to their trend of publishing news stories and articles that provoke incitement and hostility, with the intention of influencing the citizens to lose confidence in State organs, and thus endanger the peace and cohesion that prevails in the country.”

It also banned Kenya’s The East African weekly newspaper from circulating in the country, angered by a cartoon questioning then president Jakaya Kikwete’s governance and anti-corruption stance.

[crp]

Nokia 8 - Share Both sides of the story.

Business Today is the leading independent online business website in Kenya. Started in 2012 by a veteran business journalist, it has a huge following both in Kenya and abroad. It covers various business and related issues. Email editor at: [email protected]

Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

News Updates

Health19 hours ago

Former TV presenter Louis Otieno goes deaf

The only way his hearing can be fixed is by having a procedure undertaken in India called Cochlear implant

Health19 hours ago

Five surprising causes of hearing loss

The number-one cause of deafness is probably quite an obvious one: age. Most people’s hearing begins to decline from 30...

NEWS3 days ago

Blind couple celebrates their love in style

As the world marked Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, visually challenged Joseph Mwaniki decided to surprise his blind wife of 27...

NEWS3 days ago

Aboud Rogo’s widow jailed for 10 years

Haniya Said was found guilty of conspiracy for supporting an attack in which three women fire-bombed the port city's main police...

Health3 days ago

Kenya says open to more insurance investors

Kenya has a population of 45 million people, according to Kenya National Bureau of Statistics and the government says it...

NEWS3 days ago

Quit if you can’t deliver, Uhuru tells new Cabinet

President said he expected his new Cabinet to help in the achievement of the Big Four Agenda that will transform...

NEWS3 days ago

Jubilee MP Alfred Keter arrested for Sh633m fraud

Recently, he was among the four Jubilee legislators kicked out of house committees for defying a State House order on...

NEWS3 days ago

I stopped Kalonzo from taking oath, churchman says

Arch Timothy Ndambuki says together with 19 clerics from the county they met Kalonzo prevailed upon him to keep off...

NEWS4 days ago

High Court revokes Miguna’s deportation

Justice Luka Kimaru directed the government to deposit Dr Miguna’s revoked passport at the court within seven days

Health4 days ago

Where patients give witchdoctors first priority

Professional diagnosis by doctors in hospitals is sought as a last resort after the traditional healers have failed

Advertisement



Trending