Tanzanian media boycott information ministry over banning of three papers

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Media organisations will not publish anything from Tanzania’s information department in protest of three local newspapers being banned.

Media owners, publishers and journalist bodies in Tanzania have agreed not to cover any news event, publish statements or pictures of the minister of information, culture and sports or that of the country’s director of information.

The stakeholders agreed in a meeting in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday that no private newspaper, radio or television station will carry anything involving Minister of Information, Culture and Sports Fenella Mkangala and director of information Assah Mwambene, indefinitely.

It follows the decision by the government to ban MwanaHalisi, a weekly investigative newspaper which was banned indefinitely 15 months ago, while Mwananchi and Mtanzania was banned for three months and two weeks, 10 days ago.

The statement on Wednesday was signed by representatives from the Media Owners’ Association of Tanzania, Tanzania Editors’ Forum…

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