The Tanzania authorities have clarified that the lifting of a media ban announced by the country’s new president only applies to online television.
Recall that, President Samia Suluhu Hassan had on Tuesday directed authorities to lift a ban on media outlets, imposed under the previous president John Magufuli’s regime. She also asked the information ministry to ensure that the concerned media follow the law.
However, on Wednesday, the newly appointed government spokesman, Gerson Msigwa, explained in a tweet that the president had given instructions to lift the ban on online television only and not other media, including newspapers that were banned according to the laws.
The Reuters news agency reports that Information Minister Innocent Bashungwa has said the government will first consult the laws involved in banning newspapers