Magufuli bans Newspaper over inciting violence allegations


Tanzania’s government has banned MwanaHalisi, a weekly newspaper, for two years after accusing it of inciting violence.

The ban of MwanaHalisi comes after the government closed it twice in three months due to unethical reporting.

“The government has suspended publication and circulation of the weekly MwanaHalisi newspaper for 24 months … due to repeated unethical reporting, publishing fabricated and inciting articles and endangering national security,” the state-run Tanzania Information Services said in a statement.

MwanaHalisi is the second newspaper in Tanzania to be banned; the first one, Mawio, was banned in June over articles it published linking two former country’s presidents to alleged improprieties in mining deals signed in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Opposition in Tanzania has continuously accused President Magufuli, of undermining democracy by curbing dissent and stifling free speech.


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