Tanzania Media Clampdown- A Newspaper Banned For Two Years!

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The ban of a weekly newspaper in Tanzania has heightened concerns among observers that the government of president John Magufuli is intent on exerting pressure on journalists and stifling freedom of expression.

The privately-owned Mawio paper was banned for 24 months on June 15, with the government suspending both its print edition and online platforms. Tanzania’s information minister Harrison Mwakyembe said in a statement (in Kiswahili) that the paper was suspended for publishing the photos of two former presidents—Benjamin Mkapa and Jakaya Kikwete—on its June 15-21 edition and linking them to a government probe into allegations of misconduct in the mining sector.

A recent government committee estimated that the UK-listed Acacia Mining underpaid Tanzania tens of billions of dollars in gold and copper exports since 1998—but stopped short of mentioning the former presidents.

This is the second time in two years that the government has banned Mawio. In Jan. 2016, the government invoked the 1976 Newspaper Act to deregister the weekly saying it engaged in “inciteful” coverage of the tense situation in Zanzibar following the 2015 general elections. Observers now say the ban shows that all is not rosy for the fourth estate in Tanzania and that the government is getting increasingly intolerant of criticism in the press and social media.

“We are extremely concerned that Tanzania is using public order as an excuse to frustrate the flow of information and public debate,” Angela Quintal of the Committee to Protect Journalists, said. “A two-year ban is tantamount to closing the publication.”

Over the last decade, as the media space in Tanzania has opened up, the slew of laws that give officials a broad discretion to restrict media organizations on the basis of national security or public interest has increased too. In 2015, former president Kikwete signed a controversial cybercrime law that gives authorities sweeping powers to jail those who offend the president , contradicting legal and international human rights standards. The passage of the Statistics Act in March 2015, which made the publication of any data not approved by the National Bureau of Statistics illegal, also drew condemnation from critics .

In Nov. 2016, Magufuli signed the Media Services Bill into law, replacing independent media oversight mechanisms with a government-controlled one, and requiring all journalists to get accreditation from a government-appointed board .
All these laws have coalesced into creating an unfriendly environment for the Tanzanian media, where the constitutional guarantees for freedom of speech does not necessarily equate with freedom of the press. Last year, the weekly paper Mseto was closed for publishing a story linking Magufuli to corruption during the elections. The Nairobi-based The East African newspaper was also banned from the country in 2015 for a year, for what some said was publishing a cartoon depicting cronyism in the east African nation.

On his end, president Magufuli—who is also known as “the Bulldozer” for his strict leadership style—has not inspired much confidence in the media. He has instead warned them that press freedom has its limits. During the appointment of Mwakyembe as information minister, he said: “I would like to tell media owners—be careful, watch it. If you think you have that kind of freedom, (it is) not to that extent.”

Tanzania has banned a newspaper for two years as it tightens its media clampdown
 

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Pauline Njoroge, who says she works for the Government of Kenya, poses for the camera with President Kenyatta in this photo on her Facebook page. PHOTO | PAULINE NJOROGE | FACEBOOK

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From her profile on Facebook, Pauline Njoroge tends to hang out with the Jubilee crowd and has in the past two weeks been travelling with the Mbele Iko Sawa group headed by Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria.

In one of the dominant photographs on her Facebook page, she is standing next to President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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Pauline Njoroge (right), a government 'employee', with Devolution Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri. PHOTO | PAULINE NJOROGE | FACEBOOK
She also appears to have attended the dinner at Safari Park Hotel where supporters of the President were reported to have raised Sh1 billion for his campaign as she took a selfie with him.

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Last Sunday, at 12.38 pm, Ms Njoroge broke the story of the “arrest” of senior Sunday Nation writer Walter Menya, who is still in police custody.



Pauline Njoroge, a government 'employee', with Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed (centre). PHOTO | PAULINE NJOROGE | FACEBOOK
What caught the attention of many, and which seemed odd, was that Ms Njoroge had access to not only the information on Mr Menya’s arrest, but photographs taken at what appeared to be the headquarters of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.



Pauline Njoroge, who claims to work for the government, during the launch of the Madaraka Express passenger train. PHOTO | PAULINE NJOROGE | FACEBOOK
Ms Njoroge is not a police officer, at least judging by what is on her Facebook page.

In her profile, she says she works for the Government of Kenya and is a former communication manager at The National Alliance party.

She says she is the founder and former director at the Eagles Leadership Foundation and a former programme assistant at the Martin Luther King Junior Africa Foundation.



Pauline Njoroge at a Jubilee Party function in Nairobi. PHOTO | PAULINE NJOROGE | FACEBOOK
With the maximum 5,000 friends Facebook allows and 62,251 followers, she certainly has a lot of people interested in her.

She does not disappoint them, keeping them informed about the Jubilee campaigns, with photos over the past week from Tharaka-Nithi, Chogoria, Kahawa West and Machakos with the Mbele Iko Sawa team.



Pauline Njoroge with Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung'wa (right, Jubilee), Dennis Itumbi (left) and others. PHOTO | PAULINE NJOROGE | FACEBOOK
On Monday evening, State House Director of Digital Communication Dennis Itumbi questioned the manner in which the “arrest” was carried out and the involvement of Ms Njoroge.

“My only question on the arrest of Journalist Walter Menya, is why was it necessary to leak photos of the arrest to bloggers? Why? It makes it look like a staged action. Many people are arrested and arraigned in court—their pictures from CID HQ in handcuffs do not go public...” he said.



Pauline Njoroge at a Jubilee Party function in Nairobi. PHOTO | PAULINE NJOROGE | FACEBOOK
“That alone trivialises the arrest and the accusation,” he added.

Mr Itumbi said that while the case would be decided on facts and evidence, “the perception is that it was a scripted narrative that must be pointed out.”



Pauline Njoroge on the UhuRuto campaign trail. PHOTO | PAULINE NJOROGE | FACEBOOK
Mr Menya is supposed to be released by 5pm today after Senior Principal Magistrate Martha Mutuku on Monday allowed a police request to hold him for one more day to allow investigators to gather more evidence.

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Nation journalist Walter Menya arrested over Sh50,000 bribery claims
Jun. 18, 2017, 3:00 pm
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Nation journalist Walter Menya at Kiambu CID headquarters after his arrest over Sh50,000 bribery claims. /COURTESY

A Sunday Nation journalist has been arrested for reportedly soliciting a bribe for a story.

Walter Menya was arrested on Sunday and is currently at the Kiambu CID headquarters.

Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet confirmed the arrest of the Nation Media Group writer.

Boinnet said Menya was arrested in the city centre when receiving a Sh50,000 bribe from a person he did not disclose.


He said the journalist will be charged in court with the offence of extortion on Monday.

At the time of going to press, it is not clear which story the journalist was following.

Nation, in its story of the arrest, said Menya was booked over a story implicating civil servants actively involved in Friends of Jubilee Foundation.

The story was published in the Sunday Nation edition of June 18.

Nation journalist Walter Menya arrested over Sh50,000 bribery claims
 

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Nation journalist Walter Menya arrested over Sh50,000 bribery claims
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By STAR REPORTER @thestarkenya

Nation journalist Walter Menya at Kiambu CID headquarters after his arrest over Sh50,000 bribery claims. /COURTESY

A Sunday Nation journalist has been arrested for reportedly soliciting a bribe for a story.

Walter Menya was arrested on Sunday and is currently at the Kiambu CID headquarters.

Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet confirmed the arrest of the Nation Media Group writer.

Boinnet said Menya was arrested in the city centre when receiving a Sh50,000 bribe from a person he did not disclose.


He said the journalist will be charged in court with the offence of extortion on Monday.

At the time of going to press, it is not clear which story the journalist was following.

Nation, in its story of the arrest, said Menya was booked over a story implicating civil servants actively involved in Friends of Jubilee Foundation.

The story was published in the Sunday Nation edition of June 18.

Nation journalist Walter Menya arrested over Sh50,000 bribery claims
Sir, here we talking about totally different things. The president of Tanzania has ordered the closure of a newspaper, for whatever reason, that was a disproportionate action to take against the paper.

Unlike the case above, prosecuting a rogue journalist, accused for soliciting for bribes in order to publish/ not to publish a story ( it is not clear which) does not amount to stifling of the freedom of the press.
 

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Kali sana hii, mnachezea ban ya miaka miwili kisa mliwataja wakulu.... kule Bongo ni mwendo wa raha.
Vipi naona makelele ya makinikia yameanza kudidimia, sijui kesho wataibuka na lipi.
 

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Sir, here we talking about totally different things. The president of Tanzania has ordered the closure of a newspaper, for whatever reason, that was a disproportionate action to take against the paper.

Unlike the case above, prosecuting a rogue journalist, accused for soliciting for bribes in order to publish/ not to publish a story ( it is not clear which) does not amount to stifling of the freedom of the press.
All of that whether arresting journalist or a ban on newspaper is classified under media censorship!
 

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Sir, here we talking about totally different things. The president of Tanzania has ordered the closure of a newspaper, for whatever reason, that was a disproportionate action to take against the paper.

Unlike the case above, prosecuting a rogue journalist, accused for soliciting for bribes in order to publish/ not to publish a story ( it is not clear which) does not amount to stifling of the freedom of the press.
Did you see the memo from the state house ordering the news paper to be banned?
 

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Ha ha ha. Hata wewe nyan'gau umejifunza hili neno makinikia? Naam, hapa kazi tu.
Aisei! Sio kwa mtiti huo, mlitupigia makelele ya makinikia mpaka yakasikika mwisho wa dunia. Ghafla mumepiga kimya, ila naskia baada ya mabwana fulani wa Barrick kutua kwenu huko kwa mbwembwe na mikwara, yaani kama starring kwenye movie, kuanzia hapo mkafyata, hamna tena anayetaja taja makinikia.

Sasa sijui ni show gani mpya mtatuletea, bado tunazo popcorns tunasubiri huku tukipata burudani za show za kwetu za uchaguzi maana na sisi hatuishi vioja kwetu pia.
 

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Aisei! Sio kwa mtiti huo, mlitupigia makelele ya makinikia mpaka yakasikika mwisho wa dunia. Ghafla mumepiga kimya, ila naskia baada ya mabwana fulani wa Barrick kutua kwenu huko kwa mbwembwe na mikwara, yaani kama starring kwenye movie, kuanzia hapo mkafyata, hamna tena anayetaja taja makinikia.

Sasa sijui ni show gani mpya mtatuletea, bado tunazo popcorns tunasubiri huku tukipata burudani za show za kwetu za uchaguzi maana na sisi hatuishi vioja kwetu pia.
Tumefyata kwa lipi labda, maana kinachosubiriwa sa hz ni wazungu kuleta wawakilishi wao na rais aunde tume ili wakae mezani kupitia hiyo hasara! Sasa unataka tuimbe kila siku si tutaheuka


Then stage nyingine ni mikataba yote kupelekwa bungeni ili ipitiwe upya! Baada ya hapo tunamaliza hili tunaingia nyingine!

Meanwhile wale wa escrow tayari wameanza kusombwa mahakamini, akiwemo ndugu yenu harbinder Seth!

Moto unawaka huku tz sa hz sio mchezo mchezo
 

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Aisei! Sio kwa mtiti huo, mlitupigia makelele ya makinikia mpaka yakasikika mwisho wa dunia. Ghafla mumepiga kimya, ila naskia baada ya mabwana fulani wa Barrick kutua kwenu huko kwa mbwembwe na mikwara, yaani kama starring kwenye movie, kuanzia hapo mkafyata, hamna tena anayetaja taja makinikia.

Sasa sijui ni show gani mpya mtatuletea, bado tunazo popcorns tunasubiri huku tukipata burudani za show za kwetu za uchaguzi maana na sisi hatuishi vioja kwetu pia.
Hatupigani vita ya kitoto, sio kama ile vita yenu na majinamizi ya Al Shababu. Mkitunguwana kidogo tu, dunia nzima inajua. Huku kwetu kama Korea na Marekani, mambo kimya kimya.
"Winda nikuwinde"
 

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then justify that it's the President who ordered the closure of the newspaper in question
This demand directed at me, is not sensible. I am not the one making the allegations.

The govt of Tanzania, under Magufuli has ordered for the closure of the newspaper, for two years, ( the reasons, we can only conjecture) truth or false?

This sorts of things should not be happening in a country claiming to be free and democratic.
 

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Tumefyata kwa lipi labda, maana kinachosubiriwa sa hz ni wazungu kuleta wawakilishi wao na rais aunde tume ili wakae mezani kupitia hiyo hasara! Sasa unataka tuimbe kila siku si tutaheuka


Then stage nyingine ni mikataba yote kupelekwa bungeni ili ipitiwe upya! Baada ya hapo tunamaliza hili tunaingia nyingine!

Meanwhile wale wa escrow tayari wameanza kusombwa mahakamini, akiwemo ndugu yenu harbinder Seth!

Moto unawaka huku tz sa hz sio mchezo mchezo
Kwa design mlivyokua mumelipuka kwa hayo ya makinikia hadi nikajua atakufa mtu hapo aisei, ilikua hatari, nilitegemea kuona mvuke, lakini starring wakaja, sasa yameishia yale yale ya hao mnawaita 'wataalam' wenu ambao ndio wale wameachia mliwe siku zote.
Haya wacha tusubiri version II ya hivyo movie yenu.

Hayo ya kuwachuchumaisha akina Ruge na kalasinga sio show kamili, kama ukisoma hotuba ya Lissu utaona jamaa anaonekana kujua movie zenu hata kabla hamjaanza.
Halafu huyo Seth hatuna undugu naye, kakomba komba hela zenu na kuzipeleka kwao Bombay, hivyo mumalizane naye huko huko na kilemba chake hicho.
Dah hiyo nchi yenu imekua shamba la kuchezewa hadi nawaza nije na mimi nikwapue cha kwangu mapema.... Hebu nipe mchongo wa kule migodini, naona migodi ya Acacia mumeivamia na kuchukua vyenu....hehehe hizi show zenu hadi raha.
 

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Aisei! Sio kwa mtiti huo, mlitupigia makelele ya makinikia mpaka yakasikika mwisho wa dunia. Ghafla mumepiga kimya, ila naskia baada ya mabwana fulani wa Barrick kutua kwenu huko kwa mbwembwe na mikwara, yaani kama starring kwenye movie, kuanzia hapo mkafyata, hamna tena anayetaja taja makinikia.

Sasa sijui ni show gani mpya mtatuletea, bado tunazo popcorns tunasubiri huku tukipata burudani za show za kwetu za uchaguzi maana na sisi hatuishi vioja kwetu pia.
Hapa kazi tu.
 

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Rights groups put Kenya govt on the spot over rising attacks on journalists

Posted Wednesday, May 31 2017 at 14:15

The media in Kenya is increasingly finding it difficult to conduct its operations due to rising threats from government.

A new report written jointly by the Human Rights Watch and Article 19, which monitors threats to free expression across the globe notes that Kenyan authorities have committed a range of abuses against journalists reporting on sensitive issues.

The groups note that threats against journalists have increased to levels not seen in the past decade, a factor that is critical at a time the country is preparing for general elections slated for August.

“Journalists and bloggers reporting on corruption, disputed land acquisitions, counterterrorism operations and the 2007-2008 post-electoral violence, among other sensitive issues, have faced intimidation, beatings, and job losses,” the report notes.



Abuses

Titled Not Worth The Risk: Threats To Free Expression Ahead of Kenya’s 2017 Elections, the 53-page report catalogues abuses by government officials, police, county governors and government officials against the media.

“For Kenya’s August elections to be credible and fair, the media needs to be able to report on pressing issues of national interest without fear of reprisals, ”said Otsieno Namwaya, Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch. "President Uhuru Kenyatta should publicly underscore the importance of free expression and condemn threats and attacks on journalists and bloggers."

Investigations were conducted over a period of four months involving interviews with 92 journalists, human rights activists, bloggers and government officials in Kenya.

The groups list 17 incidents in which 23 journalists and bloggers were physically assaulted between 2013 and 2017 by government officials or their allies.

At least two journalists have died under circumstances that may have been related to their work.



Death threats

The groups also documented 16 incidents of direct death threats against journalists and bloggers across the country in recent years, and cases in which police arbitrarily arrested, detained and later released without charge at least 14 journalists and bloggers.

For example on September 7, 2016, unidentified assailants forced themselves into the house of a photojournalist, Denis Otieno in the town of Kitale in Kenya's Rift Valley and demanded photos on his camera, then shot him dead.

Mr Otieno had photographed police officers shooting and killing a motorcycle taxi rider at a Kitale bus station days earlier.

A family member said that before his murder, Mr Otieno had expressed alarm about death threats.

No one has been arrested in relation to his killing.

“We must stem the tide of increased violence and impunity against journalists in Kenya. No policy to address the situation can be successful if measures to prevent aggression against and to protect journalists are not accompanied with thorough and timely prosecutions of all crimes committed against them,” said Henry Maina, regional director at Article 19 Eastern Africa.


Rights groups put Kenya govt on the spot over rising attacks on journalists

 

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Nation journalist Walter Menya arrested over Sh50,000 bribery claims
Jun. 18, 2017, 3:00 pm
By STAR REPORTER @thestarkenya

Nation journalist Walter Menya at Kiambu CID headquarters after his arrest over Sh50,000 bribery claims. /COURTESY

A Sunday Nation journalist has been arrested for reportedly soliciting a bribe for a story.

Walter Menya was arrested on Sunday and is currently at the Kiambu CID headquarters.

Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet confirmed the arrest of the Nation Media Group writer.

Boinnet said Menya was arrested in the city centre when receiving a Sh50,000 bribe from a person he did not disclose.


He said the journalist will be charged in court with the offence of extortion on Monday.

At the time of going to press, it is not clear which story the journalist was following.

Nation, in its story of the arrest, said Menya was booked over a story implicating civil servants actively involved in Friends of Jubilee Foundation.

The story was published in the Sunday Nation edition of June 18.

Nation journalist Walter Menya arrested over Sh50,000 bribery claims
The journalist has been released unconditionally by the high court after police failed to show futhure evidence
 

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Kwa design mlivyokua mumelipuka kwa hayo ya makinikia hadi nikajua atakufa mtu hapo aisei, ilikua hatari, nilitegemea kuona mvuke, lakini starring wakaja, sasa yameishia yale yale ya hao mnawaita 'wataalam' wenu ambao ndio wale wameachia mliwe siku zote.
Haya wacha tusubiri version II ya hivyo movie yenu.

Hayo ya kuwachuchumaisha akina Ruge na kalasinga sio show kamili, kama ukisoma hotuba ya Lissu utaona jamaa anaonekana kujua movie zenu hata kabla hamjaanza.
Halafu huyo Seth hatuna undugu naye, kakomba komba hela zenu na kuzipeleka kwao Bombay, hivyo mumalizane naye huko huko na kilemba chake hicho.
Dah hiyo nchi yenu imekua shamba la kuchezewa hadi nawaza nije na mimi nikwapue cha kwangu mapema.... Hebu nipe mchongo wa kule migodini, naona migodi ya Acacia mumeivamia na kuchukua vyenu....hehehe hizi show zenu hadi raha.
Hii ni vita ya kiuchumi ambayo inaenda kimya kimya ila kila anayepigwa risari lazima aondoke! Hivyo usitegemee kuskia makelele hapa!

Kuhusu hoja za lissu, huyo ni mtanzania, ni mbunge na ni waziri kivuli hivyo lazima atoe maoni yake na ushauri! Ndiyo kazi yake kama mwakilishi wa wananchi bungeni!

Suala la Tanzania kuibiwa, hata nyie Kenya mmeibiwa sana na familia moja tu! Ardhi karbia yote wamepora na sasa wanataka kutumia hizo fedha zenu kununua mabenki! Haya hamyaoni hata kidogo!

Pia nikukumbushe, Kenya iko mbele kwenye rushwa, sasa hizo rushwa ni zipi na hamjisumbui kuzifuatilia, na bado mmepigwa nyingine na the same family kwenye SGR (najua hii ya sgr hata hutaki kuiskia)
 

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