TANZANIA: MINISTER CLARIFIES SOCIAL MEDIA POSTINGS ON MEDIA BAN THREAT

Information, Youth, Arts, Culture and Sports Minister Nape Nnauye has clarified that the government would ban media that would publish inflammatory statements when covering demonstrations or political rallies.

Nnauye made the clarification when reacting to reports circulating on the social media quoting him saying that he would deregister the media that would cover demonstrations or rallies. "I haven't banned journalists to report on rallies and demonstrations.

What I said is I would not tolerate those who write the stories in a manner that would incite the public; everyone should play his or her part according to professionalism," he remarked. He called on media owners, editors and reporters to adhere to media laws and regulations as well as ethics in order to avoid clashes with the government.

"We (government) respect media freedom that observe ethics, efficiency and country's laws; we need to continue our cooperation," he said. He recalled that the government had signed several international treaties aimed at promoting media freedom and human rights.

Source: Nam News Network