Tanzania press awaits media reforms
ARUSHA, (CAJ News) – THE Committee for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ) said while elections in Tanzania passed smoothly in October, there had been no reforms of media-unfriendly laws.
Tom Rhodes, CPJ East Africa Representative, said the press in the East African country was waiting to see if new president, John Magufuli, would reform the laws.
“Several local journalists and a media lawyer told me the spectre of
anti-press laws is casting a pall over critical reporting in the country and that hopes for legal reform under the newly elected President remain muted,” said Rhodes.
He said there were scattered reports of incidents of intimidation against journalists covering the elections.
In late July, an official from the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi in the
southwest town of Kyela allegedly blocked journalists from covering a meeting and slapped and punched a freelance journalist who protested the lack of press access.
In September, ruling party officials reportedly barred a reporter for a privately owned newspaper from joining the press entourage following Magufuli, allegedly because of his unfavourable coverage.
– CAJ News
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