TANZANIANS’ VIEWS ON INFORMATION AND PUBLIC DEBATE 2018 - TWAWEZA
Soon after taking office in 2015, the fifth phase government has drawn criticism for its attitude towards freedom of speech and the media. Although an Access to Information law has been enacted in 2016, it has taken almost two years for the regulations to come out. The government has closed or suspended several newspapers, including Tanzania Daima and Raia Mwema, and warned others. Several politicians and high profile figures have been arrested for criticising the government, often charged with “sedition” or with offences under the controversial 2015 Cybercrimes Act. In 2017, the government withdrew from the Open Government Partnership (OGP), and leaders have spoken publicly about strict limits to freedom of expression and freedom of the press.