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A win for freedom of expression in Tanzania!

The East African Court of Justice ruled earlier today (March 28) that several sections of Tanzania’s Media Services Act “violate the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community”. The case was brought by the Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC), the Media Council of Tanzania (MCT) and the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders’ Coaliation (THRDR), and was strongly contested by government lawyers.

Key paragraph from the ruling of the East African Court of Justice against Tanzania's Media Services Act
Excerpt from the ruling of the East African Court of Justice against Tanzania’s Media Services Act, March 28, 2019
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Mwangosi verdict leaves a lot of questions, and a bitter taste


A court in Iringa today sentenced police officer Pacifius Simon to 15 years imprisonment for the manslaughter of journalist Daud Mwangosi in September 2012. In one sense, this brings the case to a close. But it is a very unsatisfactory ending. Continue reading

Chart of the week #27: Public ratings of key institutions

From the same data source as last week, Pew Global Attitudes Survey, some data on how key institutions are viewed by the public in seven African countries.

I’m not going to draw any conclusions from the data this time – I will leave that to you. There are two ways to do it, in the two interactive charts below. Continue reading