Tanzania President Suluhu opens media houses, orders release of Covid-19 data

Tanzania President Samia Suluhu Hassan

Tanzania President Samia Suluhu Hassan has started rolling her reforms, on Tuesday ordering the reopening of media houses shut by deceased John Magufuli and directing Covod-19 data to be released.

Speaking at State House Dar es Salaam where principal secretaries and their deputies were sworn in, President Hassan also warned against curtailing press freedom.

“To the Ministry of Information, I hear there are media outlets you have closed, please let them resume their operations, but they should adhere to all the government laws and guidelines. Let’s not give them a chance to say we have suppressed media freedoms,” she said.

The Tanzanian leader also directed that all laws be made public and the punishments for contravening.

She further directed that Covid-19 statistics be released.

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“Haipendezi kuishi peke yetu kama Kisiwa. Ukiangalia data za dunia unakuta Tanzania imewekewa deshi, haijulikani kama tunakubali au tunakataa uwepo wa Covid-19,” she said.

The President directed the formation of a task force to examine the country’s Covid-19 measures. “We can’t accept everything without a thorough research,” she said.

Tanzania stopped updating Covid-19 data in May last year, as President Magufuli went after media houses that dared reported on the pandemic.

Earlier in 2017, President Magufuli had warned the country’s journalists that there were limits to their press freedom.

“Don’t think you have that much freedom,” he declared.

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