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TOPSHOT - Tanzanian President John Magufuli (C-R) attends a ceremony marking the country's 58th independence anniversary at CCM Kirumba stadium in Mwanza, nothern Tanzania, on December 9, 2019.

Tanzanian Government Limits International Media Coverage of Upcoming Elections

President John Pombe Magufuli has passed a law that now limits international media coverage of the upcoming elections as the country's opposition receives increasing support.

President John Pombe Magufuli has tightened his grip on media by passing a set of laws that limit international media coverage of upcoming elections. Magufuli, who is running for president again, has officially banned international media from broadcasting news made without the government's approval. The Tanzanian Communications Regulatory Authority announced the new laws which will affect collaborative media reportage between domestic and international news outlets.


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Tanzania's elections are set to take place towards the end of October this year and has resulted in incremental censoring of media by President Magufuli. The latest regulations require that media broadcasters first seek permission from the government within seven days of their desired coverage. Additionally, international media teams are required to have a government-appointed representative during the coverage. Local journalists have called the move an infringement on human rights and journalistic freedom. Further government regulations have imposed a ban on registered Tanzanian media outlets who frequently collaborate with international media for broadcasts.

Tanzanian journalist Fred Muvunyi, who works for German news platform DW, says that he has "never seen or heard anything like this in [his] life as a journalist."

Governments shutting down internet connections, banning public demonstrations, suppressing media freedom and silencing dissenting views from citizens has been ongoing in Africa. Recently, Algerian journalist Drareni Khaled was sentenced to three years in prison for covering anti-government protests in the country. #ZimbabweanLivesMatter was sparked by the government's violent response to public demonstrations in addition to the mass arrest of activists, opposition leaders and citizens.

Additionally, the Ivory Coast also passed a law that bans public protest during elections. The Somalian, Ethiopian and Burundian governments have in the past, shut down internet access as a way in which to thwart public protests. While Amnesty International and the United Nations have condemned a number of African heads-of-state for infringing on human rights, it has had little effect.

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Mozambique's Political Unrest: Where Things Stand

Fears continue to be on the rise as more attacks by militants are anticipated in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado province.

On March 24th, militants stormed Palma—a gas-rich city in Mozambique—as part of an ongoing insurgency in the country dating back to 2017. Dozens of civilians have been killed although an official death toll has not been declared as of yet. Currently, at least 8000 more have been left displaced, fleeing to other parts of the country and attempting to seek asylum in Tanzania. This is believed to be the worst attacks carried out by the Islamist militant group, Al-Shabaab, to date.
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