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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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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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