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Tanzania Press Releases

tanzaniaOver the last few years, Tanzanian journalists have been subjected to attacks and harassment, including physical attacks, threats and intimidation. The archaic legal framework limits free speech in the country. For example, the 1976 Newspaper Act allows the authorities broad discretion in restricting media on the basis of national security or public interest. The semiautonomous island of Zanzibar also constrains media freedom through its restrictive media laws and its tight control on media ownership.

ARTICLE 19 is working to increase the safety and security of journalists in Tanzania, promoting the respect and protection of media freedom and freedom of expression by both state and non-state actors. We are also working to encourage networking and advocacy for media freedom and freedom of expression.

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