Tanzania

Authorities embark on major crackdown on expression amid COVID-19 and ahead of elections

Opposition members power-through as elections approach; and HRDs stifled by overly stringent laws, raids and prosecution; Targeting of LGBTIQ+ community continues; Journalists, critics face backlash for reporting and speaking out about COVID-19 measures in the country; Journalists, media outlets and artists targeted for criticising president, politicians Read more

Authorities embark on major crackdown on expression amid COVID-19 and ahead of elections

Tanzania: Dissidents and critics bear heavy brunt of increasing restrictions on expression

Exiled opposition leader comments on upcoming elections; restrictions on expression continue amid Coronavirus outbreak; Journalist Eric Kabendera released from detention after plea bargain; Rights commission warns against use of hate speech; Court application against draconian online content regulations quashed; Plans to block unregistered sim cards cause concern; Opposition party member Zitto Kabwe receives death threats for criticising government policy; Human Rights Watch report documents systematic attacks on LGBTIQ community; Government official Paul Makonda banned from travel to the US for targeting LGBTIQ community; Groups call for release of detained activist Tito Magoti; eight senior members and one former senior leader of Tanzania’s main opposition party, CHADEMA sentenced in court for 2018 demonstration Read more

Tanzania: Dissidents and critics bear heavy brunt of increasing restrictions on expression

Government tightens reins on civic freedoms during the last year

over the last year, the experienced continued closing of civic space by introducing restrictive laws, abduction and detention of HRDs, while crackdown on press freedom continued Read more

Government tightens reins on civic freedoms during the last year

Tanzania commences enforcement of new online blogging law as websites shut down

Several websites shut down as Tanzania's new draconian law takes effect Read more

Tanzania commences enforcement of new online blogging law as websites shut down

Authorities force unregistered blogs and online platforms to shut down

On 11th June 2018, the Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) ordered all unregistered blogs and online forums to suspend their websites and banned them from publishing new online content without the required licenses. Read more

Authorities force unregistered blogs and online platforms to shut down

Human rights advocates challenge new law restricting online content

On 4th May the High Court of Tanzania issued a temporary injunction to suspend the implementation of the above-mentioned law that was pending due to a legal challenge from Tanzanian human rights groups. The human rights advocates had petitioned the High Court, claiming that the law's provisions constitute a violation of freedom of expression and compromises users' right to privacy. Read more

Human rights advocates challenge new law restricting online content

Killing of student prompts united civil society response to closing space

Following the shooting dead of a Tanzanian student, over one hundred CSOs signed on to a statement outlining serious concerns about threats to fundamental freedoms in Tanzania. Read more

Killing of student prompts united civil society response to closing space

Crackdown on newspapers and TV stations publicising critical views continues

On 24th October 2017, the Tanzanian government suspended another newspaper - the Swahili-language Tanzania Daima - for a period of 90 days, due to allegations of publishing false news. This was the fourth newspaper banned in 2017, Read more

Crackdown on newspapers and TV stations publicising critical views continues

Crackdown on activists, critical media, dissident voices intensifies in Tanzania

On 17th October, police arrested 13 people at a legal consultation meeting in hotel Peacock Hotel in Dar es Salaam, accused by police of 'promoting homosexuality'. The legal consultation meeting was convened by the pan-African Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (ISLA) and the Tanzanian Community Health Services and Advocacy (CHESA), in order to gain more evidence for a case they are planning to file before the court, according to a press statement issued by ISLA and CHESA. The case involves fighting the government decision, in February, to limit certain health services that were provided previously. They were initially granted bail, which was revoked a couple of days later, on 20th October. Among those arrested are at least two lawyers, including Sibongile Ndashe, ISLA's executive director. On 20th October, the Registrar of Non Government Organisations announced the suspension of CHESA's activities while it started an investigation in its 'sensitization of homo sexual activities in various parts of the country', further noting 'that homo sexual marriages are not allowed since they are contrary to customs, traditions and laws of the country', according to the Daily News. Read more

Crackdown on activists, critical media, dissident voices intensifies in Tanzania

Tanzanian authorities threaten HRDs, LGBTI activists and journalists

In a recent development, two human rights defenders, Bibiana Mushi and Nicodemus Ngelela, were arrested on 12th July 2017. Both activists were released on bail and now await their trial set for 10th August on charges of Disobedience of Statutory Duty under Section 123 of the Tanzanian Penal Code, which can carry a sentence of two years if found guilty. Mushi and Ngelela were leading a capacity building workshop for local government officials serving in regions with a prevalence of extractive industries when they were unexpectedly arrested. Read more

Tanzanian authorities threaten HRDs, LGBTI activists and journalists