Tanzania suspended on Sunday another newspaper accused of false stories even though President Samia Suluhu Hassan had pledged to uphold media freedoms quashed by her predecessor.
Raia Mwema, a leading Swahili-language weekly, was suspended forÂ 30 daysÂ from Monday, forÂ â€śrepeatedly publishing false information and deliberate incitement,â€ťÂ GersonÂ Msigwa, the governmentâ€™s chief spokesperson, said in a statement.
MsigwaÂ cited three recent stories, including one aboutÂ a gunmanÂ who killed four people in a rampage through a diplomatic quarter of Tanzaniaâ€™s main city Dar es Salaam.
The article linked theÂ gunmanÂ to ruling party Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM), the statement read, adding that the article violated a 2016 media law. The newspaperâ€™s management did notÂ immediatelyÂ respond to a request for comment.
Last month, the government suspended the Uhuru newspaper, owned by the CCM party, for publishing what it called a false story saying Hassan would not vie for office in 2025. That was the first newspaper suspension in Hassanâ€™s tenure.
The CCM said after the suspension that Uhuruâ€™s board had already suspended three top managers, including theÂ CEO, over the story, and was investigating why the story was published.
Hassan took office in March following the death of predecessor JohnÂ Magufuli, who was Africaâ€™sÂ most prominent COVID-19 sceptic and banned several newspapers during his six-year rule.
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