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Tanzania lifts ban on four newspapers suspended by former president, John Magufuli

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Tanzania has lifted a ban on four newspapers ‘Critical of Magufuli.’ Not fewer than four media licences were suspended when the late President John Magufuli was in power.

The four – Mwanahalisi, Mawio, Mseto and Tanzania Daima – had their licences suspended for various reasons, including publishing ‘false stories.’

They were regarded as being ‘critical’ of Mr. Magufuli, who took office after winning elections in 2015 and again in 2020.

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President Samia Suluhu, who took over after Mr. Magufuli’s death in March last year, has “vowed to uphold media freedom – a marked departure from her predecessor.”

Analysts say this marks a new chapter in Tanzania’s media landscape.

Reacting to the news, the owner of Mwanahalisi and Mseto thanked President Samia and promised to operate within the ethics and media laws.

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