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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

Tanzania’s new president has announced the lift of bans placed on a number of media outlets by her predecessor who died last month.

“I understand that there are media organizations that have been closed, let them open and ensure they follow the law,” President Samia instructed national authorities.

She made this known while speaking at the swearing-in of new ministers and permanent secretaries. She said media rules, regulations, and penalties should be transparent so that everyone knows what to expect should they do wrong – and so that the punishment is proportionate.

President Samia said the government must not be seen to curtail media freedoms.