Despite building a reputation as one of southern Africa’s most open societies, with a relatively free press and respect for civil liberties, a recent rise in fundamental freedoms violations has tarnished Tanzania’s image. Land rights defenders face arrest, harassment and intimidation, and security forces have used excessive force to disperse peaceful assemblies. The legal framework that governs freedom of expression is restrictive, with new legislation including the Statistics Act imposing harsh penalties on those found guilty of publishing misleading and inaccurate statistics. LGBTI groups have also come under particularly pressure of late through legal harassment and public vilification.