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Tanzania suspends newspaper over report on president, which it describes as false

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The Tanzanian government on Wednesday suspended a local newspaper for publishing a so-called false story that said President Samia Suluhu Hassan will not run for office in 2025, the first suspension of a newspaper in Hassan’s tenure. The suspended newspaper Uhuru belongs to the ruling party Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM), which has ruled since 1961.

The ban came up on the front page of Uhuru on Wednesday Wednesday: “I have no intentions to compete for the presidency in 2025 – Samia.” “President Samia Suluhu Hassan has provided no information that she does not intend to run for the presidency in 2025,” said Gerson Msigwa, director of information services and Tanzania’s main spokesman, in a statement.

Hassan took office in March after the death of predecessor John Magufuli, nicknamed “the bulldozer,” which downplayed the severity of COVID-19 and banned several newspapers during his six-year tenure. Since taking office, Hassan has signaled a change of course, urged public vigilance over COVID-19 and taken steps to contain its spread.

In April, she said the government would reinstate the media that Magufuli banned. Soon after, however, officials made it clear that only online television would benefit from the measure, but that banned newspapers could reapply for their licenses. The ruling CCM party said Uhuru’s board of directors has already suspended three senior officials running the newspaper, including the CEO, over the story.

The party was investigating what happened, CCM General Secretary Daniel Chongolo told reporters. The suspension would last 14 days and Uhuru could appeal to the information minister, Msigwa said.

(This story was not edited by Devdiscourse staff and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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