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18th March 2015

Tanzanian government bans nation’s largest Newspaper

DAR ES SALAAM – Yesterday, Tanzanian newspaper stands welcomed back an old friend: Mwananchi newspaper returned from a two-week government-imposed hiatus.

On September 27, Tanzania’s Director of Information, Assah Mwambene, announced that he would be temporarily banning the paper, because of stories intended to influence “the citizens to lose confidence in State organizations.”

One of the most widely-read newspapers in Northern Africa, Mwananchi…

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Media Council condemns closure of two major Newspapers

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 Media Council condemns closure of two major newspapers
The Media Council of Tanzania (MCT) unreservedly condemns the Government’s decision to close down two national newspapers Mwananchi and Mtanzania, for allegedly publishing seditious stories likely to provoke incitement and hostility with the intention of influencing the public to lose confidence in state organs and create disharmony.

.Mwananchi has been shut…

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17th March 2015

Zuma exacts defamation action on media

Jacob Zuma has added The Star to his latest round of defamation actions against newspapers.

The ANC president has issued a summons against Independent Newspapers for R1-million for alleged invasion of his dignity in an article published by The Star in 2005 – just making the prescription period by a few days, as plaintiffs have only three years to sue for…

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National Key Points Act undermines the public’s right to know

What do OR Tambo International Airport, President Zuma’s homestead in Nkandla, and the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station have in common?

They have all been declared ‘National Key Points’ in terms of the National Key Points Act (NKPA), an obscure piece of apartheid-era law still on South Africa’s statute books. Introduced in 1980 as a response to ‘sabotage’ in Umtata, the law…

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Jailed bloggers spark Ethiopia trend

Just when US Secretary of State John Kerry visits Ethiopia, six of the nation’s leading bloggers have been arrested.

On Friday afternoon at 17:00 Addis Ababa time, the mobile phones and inboxes of nine Ethiopian bloggers began to beep and vibrate with frantic messages. One of the members of social media activist group Zone 9 had been arrested – and others…

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Media Council Issues Journalists Stern Warning

Rwanda: Media Council Issues Journalists Stern Warning
Rwanda Media commission (RMC) has warned journalists to stick to professionalism and ethical standards. The warning was sounded by RMC chairman Fred Muvunyi, during a press conference where he discusses the plight of two journalists who are currently under police custody.

Cassien Ntamuhanga a journalist at Amazing Grace Radio was arrested over allegations of working…

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13th March 2015

Revenge porn is rising and it should be addressed

By Esther Nakkazi

As the world commemorated International Women’s Day on March 8, Ugandan women rights and information and communication technology (ICT) activists called for cyber policies to be put in place in African countries to protect women against violations of their digital rights.
This comes as the number of nude video recordings and photos taken in private are being increasingly leaked…

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12th March 2015

Research by Freedom House

In addition, tests conducted by Freedom House found that by April 2013, 70 websites related to news and opinion, 16 websites belonging to different Ethiopian political parties, 40 blogs, seven multimedia websites, and 40 Facebook pages were not accessible in Ethiopia. According to Freedom House’s State of the Net 2013 report, Ethiopia’s centralised backbone made internet access highly vulnerable to…

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