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30th March 2015

Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza approves media law

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza has approved a new media law which critics have condemned as an attack on press freedom.

The law forbids reporting on matters which could undermine national security, public order or the economy.

It marked a “black day for freedom of information” in Burundi, campaign group Reporters Without Borders said.

Mr Nkurunziza is a former rebel leader who was elected…

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Reports of Content Screening &Take Down in Rwanda

Reports of Content Screening &Take Down in Rwanda
Reports of Content Screening and Take Down Requests in Rwanda

According the 2011 Rwanda Freedom on the Net Report, online news websites, Umusingi and Umurabyo, have been contacted by authorities to delete content related to local political affairs and ethnic relations. Besides, there are media reports that the Media High Council has an online monitoring department tasked…

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18th March 2015

Government now bans ‘Mwananchi’ website

Dar es Salaam/New York. The government yesterday stepped up its crackdown on Mwananchi newspaper by banning its website.

The follows its decision to ban Tanzania’s largest selling newspaper by 14 days last Friday for allegedly publishing confidential government information and inciting Muslims.

Elsewhere, an international press freedom group added its voice to the growing chorus of criticism of the government’s ban on…

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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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